EU Commits Additional 7.3 m Euros To Support Bhutan’s Sustainable Development Path

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The Lyonchhen shared that the top priority for Bhutan is to ‘narrow the gap’ and address inequalities in the country.

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By Staff Reporter | Kuensel

A press release from the Bhutan Embassy in Brussels states that the Lyonchhen, Dr Lotay Tshering commended  the  European Union (EU) for bringing together international partners to address the issue of inequalities at the European Development Days (EDD) in Brussels.

The Lyonchhen attended the two-day EDD upon the invitation of the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.

The EU instituted the EDD in 2006 to bring together relevant global stakeholders to share ideas and experiences to inspire new partnerships and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.

The theme for the 2019 EDD is ‘Addressing Inequalities: Building a world which leaves no one behind.’

 

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The Lyonchhen shared that the top priority for Bhutan is to ‘narrow the gap’ and address inequalities in the country.

He also highlighted the successful development partnership between Bhutan and the European Union and expressed appreciation for their support and cooperation to Bhutan since the 1980s.

Purpose of giving an additional funding of €7.3 million to Bhutan

During the visit, the EU approved an additional funding of €7.3 million to Bhutan for the establishment of a National Training Centre for Search and Rescue and the Water Flagship Programme, the press release states. 

The additional funding was formalised through the signing of a document between the Lyonchhen and the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO) Neven Mimica, at the margins of the EDD.

The EU expressed admiration for Bhutan’s achievements in terms of socio-economic development and good governance. 

They assured their continued support to Bhutan through the next EU Multi-annual Indicative Programme 2021-2027. 

In return for the EU’s contributions, the Lyonchhen conveyed to Commissioner Mimica the Royal Government’s appreciation for the additional funds and also for their commitment to continue supporting Bhutan.

A press release from the EU office in New Delhi states that the EU support will also improve local service delivery to the communities in Bhutan such as the provision of clean drinking water.

 

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“Bhutan is a bright example of how to put sustainable development and the happiness of its citizens at the centre of its policies. On top of this, it is the world’s only carbon-negative country. Thanks to Bhutan’s sustainable development path, it will soon graduate from the Least Developed Country status,” Neven Mimica said.

The EU supports Bhutan’s sustainable development path

The EU is proud to continue to support Bhutan’s green and sustainable development policies – not least with the additional €7.3 million to increase the capacity of local governments to deliver services for the benefit of its citizens.

The additional €7.3 million will further add to the EU’s contribution to the sector reform programme ‘Capacity Building of the Local Government and Fiscal Decentralisation’.

The agreement brings the total amount of assistance received by Bhutan under the EU development cooperation to over €49 million for the period between 2014-2020.

The EU-Bhutan cooperation focuses on two priority areas:

  1. local authorities and civil society;
  2. and sustainable agriculture and forestry.

During this trip, the Lyonchhen also met with Her Majesty the Queen of  Belgium,  the President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker; the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani; the Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management (ECHO) Christos Stylianides; the Director  General of  DEVCO,  Stefano  Manservisi and the WHO Director General, UNFPA Executive Director, ITC Executive Director and GAVICEO among others.

 

This article first appeared in Kuensel and has been edited for Daily Bhutan.


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