Bhutan and Singapore recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their alliance in the information and communication technology ( ICT) sector. Such agreements come at a time when Bhutan is cautiously treading into the information technology sector and allowing the transfer of global information. Bhutan was the last country in South Asia to introduce television (1999) and remains staunch about protecting its culture and safeguarding its norms and values from western influences. Despite this, the country realizes the need to interact with the global community. Analysts believe that the latest agreements with Singapore will facilitate a transfer of tech- nology between the countries and will equip Bhutan with the latest technological trends.
Moreover, the partnership will create lasting impacts for Bhutan in exchanging work force and expertise in the technology sector. Bhutanese officials are optimistic that the agreement will provide avenues of growth in IT specialization, capacity building and integration of resources. It will also help Bhutan formulate an action plan to expand its infrastructure and human capital by imple- menting IT programs, standards and data services. Furthermore, the accord will open new vistas of professional growth for Bhutanese officials who will be able to acquire training from IDA International in e-Government policies.