Some­thing to Learn From

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

As the writer of the ar­ti­cle, ‘Econ­omy with a Fu­ture’, has very ac­cu­rately pointed out, Bhutan stands as an ex­am­ple for other South Asian coun­tries to fol­low in terms of eco­nomic devel­op­ment. Apart from ap­prov­ing nu­mer­ous mon­u­men­tal for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment (FDI) projects, Bhutan is one of the few least de­vel­oped coun­tries (LDCs) to have pro­moted hu­man devel­op­ment, thereby en­joy­ing sig­nif­i­cant progress. In­ter­est­ingly, there is a lot of em­pha­sis on ‘re­mov­ing the ob­sta­cles of hap­pi­ness’ as high­lighted by the coun­try’s Prime Min­is­ter Tsh­er­ing Tob­gay. Very few coun­tries have adopted this rather unique way of cater­ing to and ad­dress­ing its peo­ple’s needs and, so far, for Bhutan, it has worked.

Many coun­tries in the South Asian re­gion can take a leaf out of Bhutan’s books and ap­ply some of its prin­ci­ples to their own en­vi­ron­ment.

Although Bhutan has many chal­lenges to over­come, still, the fact that it has been able to come this far in a short span of just 50 years is highly com­mend­able.

Zarah Abedi

Shar­jah, UAE

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