Historically first ever Czech official delegation visited Bhutan
18.02.2013 / 06:30
First ever delegation of Czech companies, headed by the Deputy Minister of Environment of the Czech Republic Mr. Tomáš Tesař, visited Bhutan on 6 – 9 February 2013. It was the first official visit from the Czech Republic after establishing diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Bhutan in December 2011.
The delegation aspired to comprehend the business environment of Bhutan and to identify possible areas of cooperation. The 13-member delegation consisted of Ambassador of the Czech Republic Mr. Miloslav Stašek and director of Czech National Museum Mr. Michal Lukeš. Business delegation consisted of 9 companies from the field of energy and civil energy, engineering, civil aviation, waste management, food processing and tourism, including the director of Czech Business Mission in Mumbai Mr. Ivan Kameník.
Director of National Museum Mr. Michal Lukeš discussed with his Bhutanese counterparts exchange of the exhibitions. The Czech Republic offered the exhibition about the Czech castles and might be hosting the exhibition of the Bhutanese artefacts next year.
The Czech delegation met with numerous representatives of Government of Bhutan. Queen Mother Her Majesty Mrs. Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck displayed vivid interest in sharing the cultural heritage of our two countires and offered the auspices for the planned Bhutanese exhibition in the Czech Republic.
Bhutan is one of the countries who have realized already 30 year ago the importance of environment protection against the globalization and industrialization. The Czech delegation has learnt during the meeting with the Secretary of National Environment Commission Dr. Ugyen Tshewang that Bhutan has one of the most ambitious programme for environment protection in the world, being it a pillar of „gross national happiness“ in Bhutan.
Deputy Minister of Environment Mr. Tomáš Tesař also met with Mr. Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister of Work and Human Settlement, Mr. Wangdi Gyeltshen, Director of Civil Aviation Authority, Mrs. Nima Ome, Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs Mr. Dasho Sonam Tshering, Secretary for Economic Affairs, Mr. Thuji Nadik, Director of Bhutan Consul of Tourism and Director of Royal Textile Academy Mrs. Rinzin Dorji.
The Czech business delegation took part in the business seminar on 7 February 2013, organized by Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and participated at the presentation of Singye Group, one of the most important corporations of Bhutan which offers lots of possibilities for cooperation with the Czech Republic.
The Czech delegation also observed the opening session of the Parliament of Bhutan on 8 February 2013, which was headed by His Majesty King Jigme Khesar Wangchuck.
The Czech companies has learnt that Bhutan offers the main opportunities in hydro energy which constitutes the backbone of the Bhutan economy and majority of its exports (to India), also in civil aviation, infrastructure (airports, railways) and industrialization of the country. Bhutan economy is vitally connected with India and in many areas the cooperation is currently hampered by the legal provisions, nevertheless chances definitely exists mostly in cooperation with State institutions and local authorities.