The Czech Republic at "12th Round Table Meeting" in Bhutan
17.12.2013 / 09:14
12th Round Table Meeting took place in Thimphu on 11 – 12 December 2013, with representatives of United Nations Development Programme and other development partners attending the meeting.
The two-day Round Table Meeting (RTM) discussed how to enhance cooperation between the government of Kingdom of Bhutan and its development partners. The participants also looked at how aid can be used to meet the national goals and strengthen socio-economic development in Bhutan.
The RTM was an opportunity for the government to present the 11th Five Year Plan which serves as a vital platform for achieving a set of development milestones by 2020 – which are outlined in "Bhutan 2020: A Vision for Peace, Prosperity, and Happiness.” Those include: self-reliance, full employment and a more diverse economy. One of the main aims of the current plan is to ensure better alignment of international development assistance with the national priorities for improved aid-effectiveness.
The meeting, jointly organized by the government and UNDP, was opened by Mr. Lyonchen Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister of Bhutan and co-chaired by Mr. Lyonpo Rinzin Dorje, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bhutan and Mr. Haoliang Xu, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific.
Maintaining and measuring Gross National Happiness (GNH) - Bhutan’s development approach to strike a harmonious balance between material and emotional well-being - was a key theme of the meeting. Development partners made strong commitments to support Bhutan in achieving its development objectives and the goal of Gross National Happiness for all. The United Nations pledged its support to help Bhutan meet its challenges over the next five years through the new One UN Programme, 2014-2018. It was stated that as Bhutan aspires in graduating from the ranks of Least Developed Countries (LDCs), therefore Bhutan’s development partners should continue supporting government efforts using innovative approaches to scale up initiatives that reach the poorest.
Ambassador Mr. Miloslav Stašek stated at the RTM that the Czech Republic is ready to actively contribute to the implementation of 11th Five Year Plan, especially with the developmental support into the protection of environment, education and disaster management.
RTMs are held twice in the course of a five-year plan. The first RTM for Bhutan was held in the early 1980s.