Labour Minister Pledged To Bring Bhutan’s Unemployment Down To 9% From Current 12.3%


The DNT has outlined its plans in the manifesto on creating jobs for the 12th Plan.

A man making intricate appliqués for thangkas (religious wall hangings) (Source: Flickr/Pallab seth)


By Sonam Yangdon The Bhutanese

The Labour Minister, Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji (since the first day of assuming office) has emphasised that his top priority for the 12th Five Year Plan is to reduce youth unemployment in Bhutan.

He has pledged to bring unemployment down to 9 percent from the existing 12.3 percent. In order to realise the target, the ministry has set numerous tentative activities for the first year.

The Labour Ministry has plans to review the national human resource development policy 2010 in order to make it more proactive, dynamic, inclusive and comprehensive.


Bhutanese youth dressed in traditional Kira.

Photo: Medium


At the same time, it also wants to provide clearer guidance on the HRD policies for the different sectors of the economy.

The National Graduate Orientation Program (NGOP) is organised every year with the objective of educating graduates on the policies, basic culture and tradition of the country.

Some restructuring expected on Bhutan’s educational and vocational programs

In order to instil a positive outlook on life, the program will be restructured and implemented as the National Service Program from 2019, where more inclusive and productive learning activities will be incorporated. The Labour Ministry will also be carrying out long-term skill assessment needs.

The Employer Registration System (ERS) will also be initiated where all employers (non-civil service sectors) from nine sectors and government agencies will come together. It will be responsible for creating a certain number of jobs in each sector.

The government will initiate the relocation of the Technical Training Institute (TTI) and Institute of Zorig Chusum from the capital (Thimphu) to Serbithang.


Photo: Institute of Zorig Chusum 


It will also initiate a Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) database system to organise and manage the large amount of information within a single software application to formulate plans accordingly.

The Dual Training Program (DTP) in masonry and carpentry in the construction sector will be also be implemented.

Projected number of jobs to be created for the workforce over the next five years

Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji said that he will also work with the corporate and State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) which is expected to create about 67,000 jobs over the next five years.

“About 70,000 new job seekers are projected to enter the job market but we already have an additional 11,000 job seekers who have already entered the job market- so in total we have around 82,000 job seekers in the market, of which we are expecting that 67,000 jobs will be created through the collaboration and coordination with the public sectors and the corporate sectors.”

The DNT has outlined its plans in the manifesto on creating jobs for the 12th Plan.

“We are not so much for change within the ministry as we are for improvement within the wider societal context. Five years down the road, we would like to have contributed significantly towards solving problems related to employment and labour,” said the Labour Minister.


This article first appeared in The Bhutanese and has been edited for the Daily Bhutan.


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