Bhutan Known For Its Commitment And Dedication To The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation
Bhutan has a very 'good standing' among the member states of the SAARC.
By Kipchu | BBS
The Department of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and Regional Organisations (DSOR) of the Foreign Ministry said that Bhutan is faring quite well in the region amid recent tensions among the member states.
According to Rinchen Keuntsyl, the Director of DSOR, Bhutan is known for its 'commitment and dedication' to the SAARC process and it has a very 'good standing' among the member states.
He shared his thoughts on the sidelines during a multi-sectoral Coordination Meeting of SAARC and Regional Organisations held in Bumthang, Bhutan. There has been no SAARC Summit so far since the last one held in Nepal in 2014.
Bhutan has a good reputation in the SAARC
Bhutan has a good track record of having fulfilled all the commitments and obligations that arises out of our membership to SAARC.
A brief introduction to the SAARC.
Other members also see Bhutan as serious in its involvement. Bhutan can be depended on and is always there for the greater good of the SAARC.
Meanwhile, officials from various ministries and agencies in the country, who attended the coordination meeting, expressed concerns over inconveniences caused by the abrupt and frequent cancellation of meetings and other activities that the regional organisations had organised.
As a result, the allocated budgets for the scheduled regional programs remain un-utilised.
“What we have discussed during the meeting is to see if we can talk to the Ministry of Finance and the Department of Budget specifically and see if they could give certain considerations when it comes to the non-utilisation of budgets. We also want to solve the issue of last-minute cancellation of programs by talking to other member states,” said Director Rinchen Kuentsyl.
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SDF Funded projects coverage in the SAARC member states).
Graphic: SAARC Development Fund
The participants also shared the need for such coordination meetings so that the agencies concerned can contribute to better organisation of programs at the national and regional levels.
The need to coordinate meetings
“It ascertains a certain system of check and balances as to how the regional organisations’ activities are being carried out or have been implemented or are yet to be fulfilled by agencies concerned,” explained Kelzang Wangmo, the Sr. Legal Officer of Dept. of Law and Order.
“The problem that we have is almost common to all the countries, so that’s where we have a better understanding of the problems each country within the region faces and I think that’s where we can also get our solutions together,” added Phuntsho Wangdi, the Director-General of Bhutan Narcotics Control Authority.
The meeting, which concluded on 2 July, also adopted a Standard Operating Procedure for effective coordination between the Foreign Ministry’s DSOR and other agencies.
Once the document is adopted, it is expected to further strengthen Bhutan’s engagement with regional organisations.
This article first appeared in BBS and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.