6th Bhutan Enterprise award
The opening of the 2nd Cottage and Small Industries ( CSIs) fair and the award function for the 6th Bhutan Enterprise Award ( BEA) was held on last Friday at the Changlimithang parking ground.
The CSI fair aims to build a platform to market authentic and unique handmade local products of the entrepreneurs from all 20 Dzongkhags with no involvement of middlemen primarily to encourage and inculcate the culture of entrepreneurship, encourage inter- business network, exchange business related information, strengthen cooperation and strike common development activities for Cottage and Small Industries.
For this year, around 60+ entrepreneurs are participating from all 20 Dzongkhag by producing unique and local handcrafted products for the three- day fair and will conclude today. As an effort towards helping Bhutanese entrepreneurs, stalls were provided for free of cost.
Similarly, the annual BEA was instituted in the year 2013, mainly to reward and recognize the contribution of the cottage and smallscale industries to the socio- economic development of the nation and to create awareness and self interest in the selfemployment.
The winners for the BEA were selected through rigorous threestage selection processes and using various parameters each for short- listing, field assessment and in the final selection.
The Bhutan Enterprise Award 2018 winners under each category were awarded the certificate of appreciation and cash prizes of Nu. 1, 50,000 each.
For the category of small- scale entrepreneur of the year was bagged by M/ s Gyeltshen Furniture House based in Gelegphu.
Whereas for the cottage- scale entrepreneur of the year was bagged by M/ s Bhutan Alternatives based in Thimphu , which operates e- waste recycling unit.
Rural entrepreneur of the year was bagged by M/ s Karma Incense based in Samdrupjongkhar and for women entrepreneur of the year was bagged by M/ s Yeshi Dema hollow block manufacturing based in Bumthang.
The Minister for Economic Affairs, Lyonpo Loknath Sharma graced the event as the Chief Guest.