The Cab­i­net takes charge

Busi­ness Bhutan catches up with the newly ap­pointed cab­i­net min­is­ters to get a glimpse of their vi­sion

Business Bhutan - - Front Page - Tsh­er­ing/Dechen Dolkar from Thim­phu

Min­is­ter of Home and Cul­tural Af­fairs

Dasho Sherub Gyelt­shen, 63, Mong­gar con­stituency from Mong­gar.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground: BA Pub­lic Ad­min­is­tra­tion and Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence from Uni­ver­sity of Pun­jab, In­dia.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground: Served as a Se­cre-

tary for Dzongkha De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, 2009-14. Jus­tice, High Court from 200609, served as Dzongda for Thim­phu, Samtse and Lhuentse.

How do you plan to start work at your min­istry?

A: Will start with the pos­i­tive as­pects so that we get ac­quainted with the min­istry and the staff, so that we can work as a team.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: Pro­mot­ing and safe­guard­ing our

re­li­gion and cul­ture and will work to­wards ful­fill­ing it by en­act­ing rel­e­vant laws and work­ing closely with the Cab­i­net and other agen­cies con­cerned.

Min­is­ter of Health

Dechen Wangmo, 42, North Thim­phu from Thim­phu.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Mas­ters in Pub­lic Health (Global Health Epi­demi­ol­ogy) from Yale Uni­ver­sity: School of Pub­lic Health, New Haven, CT, USA. Bach­e­lor in Sci­ence De­gree in Car­diopul­monary Sci­ence, North eastern Uni­ver­sity, Bos­ton MA, USA.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

Worked as an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant in pub­lic health and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, 2009-17.

Busi­ness Bhutan con­tacted Ly­onpo Dechen Wangmo over phone but she was not in a po­si­tion to re­spond due to ill­ness.

Min­is­ter of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Karma Don­nen Wangdi, 47, Gele­phu Con­stituency un­der Sarpang.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Post­grad­u­ate Diploma in IT, MCMIS, The Nether­lands and BA (Eco­nomics), Sherubtse Col­lege.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground: Na­tional Coun­cil rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Sarpang, 2008-13

How do you plan to start work at your min­istry?

A: Firstly, I will iden­tify the core ar­eas for improve­ment along with the team and come up with work plan.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: Work­ing to­wards achiev­ing the min­istry man­dates as ICT is an im­por­tant el­e­ment that sup­ports other min­istries.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion

Jai Bir Rai, 45, Phuentsholing con­stituency, Chukha.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Mas­ters in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Re­search pro­gram, spe­cial­ized in Ac­count­ing and Fi­nance) Maas­tricht School of Man­age­ment, Nether­lands.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

CEO, Chief Con­sul­tant,

Trainer, AMJ Group of Busi­ness, 2013- 17 Fi­nance of­fi­cer, RUB, JDWNRH and MoFA

How do you plan to start work at your min­istry?

A: Will start build­ing up con­fi­dence with min­istry staffs and fo­cus on boost­ing the morale of our teach­ers as ev­ery year we are los­ing good and ex­pe­ri­enced teach­ers.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: Will fol­low the ed­u­ca­tion vi­sion which has been there and fur­ther study and plan ac­cord­ingly upon ex­pert ad­vice.

Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Forestry

Yeshey Pen­jor, 54, Nu­bi_ Tangsi­bji, Trongsa.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Mas­ters in Sci­ence (En­vi­ron­ment En­gi­neer­ing and Man­age­ment), AIT, Thai­land

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

Project di­rec­tor, EU GPPB project, 2012-2017, Cli­mate change pol­icy ad­vi­sor, UNDP Bhutan, 2010-12, Na­tional En­vi­ron­ment Com­mis­sion, 1997-10, De­part­ment of Power, 1987-97

How do you plan to start work at your min­istry?

A: I will pro­mote team spirit among my staff and start with the de­part­ment of re­new­able en­ergy, which can en­hance our farm­ing sys­tem.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: First pri­or­i­ties would be to work in ac­cor­dance with DNT pledges on agri­cul­ture which will be ful­fill­ing 100% wa­ter sup­ply for both drink­ing wa­ter and ir­ri­gation wa­ter sup­ply by 2021. Will also make all farm roads ac­ces­si­ble, build new farm roads and work to­wards self-suf­fi­ciency.

Min­ster for For­eign Af­fairs

Dr.Tandi Dorji, 50, Ling­mukha_Toed­wang con­stituency from Pu­nakha.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

MBBS(Dhaka), MD Pe­di­atrics (AFMC, In­dia), Mas­ters in In­ter­na­tional Pub­lic health (MIPH) from uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney, Aus­tralia. Mas­ters in Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion (MBA) from uni­ver­sity of Can­berra, Aus­tralia.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

Party pres­i­dent and found­ing mem­ber of Druk Nyam­rup Tshogpa, 2013-2018. Con­sul­tant and pub­lic health re­searcher, 2008-18 and con­sul­tant pe­di­a­tri­cian and tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sor, 2001-07.

How do you plan to start work at your min­istry?

A: First of all, I would like to know all the peo­ple who work at the min­istry and I would like to learn from them. I would also like to know the cur­rent func­tion­ing and cur­rent pol­icy of the min­istry.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: To ful­fill the tar­geted ob­jec­tive of the 12th Five Year Plan and fur­ther strengthen ties with In­dia and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

Min­is­ter for Fi­nance

Nam­gay Tsh­er­ing, 39, Dokar_Sharpa con­stituency from Paro.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Mas­ters in pub­lic health from Chu­la­longkorn Uni­ver­sity, Thai­land and BSc. Com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Uni­ver­sity of Madras, In­dia.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

Project co­or­di­na­tor (World bank and Global fund project), Plan­ning of­fi­cer at min­istry of health, pro­gram man­ager at Na­tional HIV/ AIDS con­trol pro­gram, 2014-2018 and Na­tional pro­fes­sional of­fi­cer at World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, 2014-2016.

How do you plan to start your work or re­form at the min­istry?

A: Firstly, I will have a brief ori­en­ta­tion pro­gram by the Head of the De­part­ments of the six de­part­ments un­der MoF to ori­ent my­self on the min­istry’s pri­or­i­ties, chal­lenges and way for­ward.

In terms of re­forms, our gov­ern­ment will em­pha­size on en­sur­ing ‘self-suf­fi­ciency’ as en­vi­sioned by our beloved mon­archs. In or­der to en­sure self suf­fi­ciency, we need to work on re­duc­ing fis­cal deficit and in­crease do­mes­tic rev­enue through in­no­va­tive means and pri­or­ity set­ting.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: My vi­sion for the min­istry

would be to frame in­clu­sive fis­cal poli­cies to en­sure self­suf­fi­ciency in the long run.

Min­is­ter for Works and Hu­man Set­tle­ment

Dorji Tsh­er­ing, 39, Rad­hi_ Sagteng con­stituency from Trashigang

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Mas­ters in civil en­gi­neer­ing from Edith Cowan Uni­ver­sity, Aus­tralia, Bach­e­lors in civil en­gi­neer­ing from Ben­gal en­gi­neer­ing col­lege, In­dia.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

Ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer, de­part­ment of roads, min­istry o work and hu­man set­tle­ment, 2103-17 and deputy ex­ec­u­tive en­gi­neer at Trashigang re­gional of­fice, de­part­ment of road, MoWHS, 2006-13.

What is your plan to start work at the min­istry?

A: As such, I have not planned any­thing as of now. But hav­ing a great team in the min­istry is my as­set. I know they are tech­ni­cally sound, they are pro­fes­sion­als and ex­perts. I will be en­joy­ing work­ing with one of the best teams so there is no point in wor­ry­ing about where to start in the min­istry.

2. What is vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: The over­all vi­sion of the min­istry is to pro­vide in­fra­struc­ture to trig­ger de­vel­op­ment in the coun­try. In this re­gard, in­fra­struc­ture has to be pro­vided tar­get­ing to re­duce the gap in the so­ci­ety.

Min­is­ter for La­bor and Hu­man Re­courses

Ugyen Dorji, 32, Thrimsh­ing con­stituency from Trashigang

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Mas­ters in pub­lic pol­icy, Lee Kuan Yew School, Sin­ga­pore and BA(English and Dzongkha) from Sherubtse col­lege

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

Desk of­fi­cer, SAARC and other re­gional or­ga­ni­za­tions de­part­ment at Min­istry of For­eign af­fairs, 2013-18.

Re­search as­sis­tant at In­sti­tute of wa­ter pol­icy, Lee Kuan Yew School of pub­lic pol­icy, Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Sin­ga­pore, July 2016- Jan­uary 2017. Re­porter (Pol­i­tics and Law), The Jour­nal­ist, 2011.

How do you plan to start work at the min­istry?

A: I will work to­wards ful­fill­ing the manifesto. In la­bor min­istry, the gov­ern­ment has pledged to es­tab­lish an em­ploy­ment and liveli­hood cor­po­ra­tion to ad­dress the coun­try’s un­em­ploy­ment is­sue, sup­port pri­vate sec­tor to cre­ate 5,000 jobs an­nu­ally, to achieve full em­ploy­ment, in­crease min­i­mum daily wage to Nu 450 and rein­tro­duce one-year na­tional ser­vice pro­gram for grad­u­ates to gain ex­pe­ri­ence, un­der­stand na­tional is­sues and plan ca­reers.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: The vi­sion of the min­istry doesn’t change with the per­son­al­ity and the core man­date of the min­istry vi­sion will re­main same.

Min­is­ter Eco­nomic Af­fairs

Lok­nath Sharma, 47, from Do­phuchen_Tad­ing con­stituency from Samtse.

Ed­u­ca­tion back­ground:

Ad­vance Diploma in com­mu­nity ser­vices, Can­berra In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, Aus­trila, Mat­sers in eco­nomics, Al­la­habad Uni­ver­sity, In­dia and Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence, Sherubtse Col­lege.

Pro­fes­sional back­ground:

Com­mu­nity ser­vice worker, 2013-17 and re­gional head at Road Safety and Trans­port Au­thor­ity, 2002-12.

How do you plan to start work at your min­istry?

A: The Ten­dril on Novem­ber 7 is syn­ony­mous to my join­ing of­fice at Min­istry of Eco­nomic Af­fairs which means from Novem­ber 8, I shall start my work. I am join­ing MoEA with a blank page and open mind. It is a min­istry guarded well by spe­cial­ists and se­nior ex­pe­ri­enced bu­reau­crats who shall be my source of in­spi­ra­tion and wis­dom.

I am not join­ing there to re­form but to co­or­di­nate, col­lab­o­rate and con­sol­i­date in Nyam­rup spirit.

What is your vi­sion for the min­istry?

A: In­clu­sive, sus­tain­able and eq­ui­table econ­omy that cre­ates plat­form for all to be agents of de­vel­op­ment. ‘Nar­row­ing the Gap’ shall be the vi­sion and self-re­liant econ­omy the ul­ti­mate goal.

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