Fall and rise of Bhutan’s economy growth

The current projections for the country’s economic growth rate are estimated to be around 3.5-4% this year. These are being highlighted by government sources as signs of a remarkable recovery in the shape of a ‘V’. The nation’s obsession with macroeconomic growth rates diverts attention from a serious discussion of other important macroeconomic trends. As […]

Inward remittances hit all-time high in March

Inward remittances has seen a growing trend since 2018 Remittances from Bhutanese living abroad hit the highest level for a single month in March this year compared to the March months of the last five years. Statistics from the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) shows that it has increased almost by 27% compared to March of […]

HKH regions are in crisis: ICIMOD Dr. Pema Gyamtsho

Bhutan ICIMOD country consultation on co-designing ICIMOD’s Medium-Term Action Plan V (2023–2026) The countries in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region are facing three crises including climate change, water crisis, and pollution (waste), according to the Director General of the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD), Dr. Pema Gyamtsho. He shared that more disasters […]

From housewife to fashion designer

Designing has always been my passion, says Choney Thirty-three years old Choney from Zhemgang is busy, trying to stitch Bhutanese cloth pieces and western fashionable cloths. And when she is usually done, she would have given a modern twist to hand-made Bhutanese textiles by designing outfits that not only look chic, but also stylish. Driven […]

Organic certification to facilitate marketing of organic products

The MoAF is still working with the APEDA in India to get BAFRA accredited certification of Bhutanese organic products To achieve the targets of organic farming in the country, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests (MoAF) has developed a system to enhance organic certification to facilitate the marketing of organic products in domestic and in […]

Villagers rattled by stray horses in Kanglung

Stray horses remain a challenge for both the farmers and the gewog administration office in Kanglung There have recently been issues of an increasing number of stray horses destroying crops and gardens in Kanglung, Trashigang, which has become a concern for both the farmers and the gewog administration here. While farmers chase away the animal […]

Monkeypox is not like Covid-19: Health Minister

Public health declaration and the training of clinicians and health workers are some of the interventions that the MoH has adopted to be prepared against monkeypox While worldwide monkeypox cases have been increasing at an alarming rate, Bhutan has also been made aware of this by the first mortality case in India, Health Minister Dasho […]

Primary sector’s performance drops to 2.52% in 2021

The agriculture sector continues to be the main driver of the primary sector’s growth The primary sector of the economy, which comprises agriculture, livestock, and forestry. recorded a growth of 2.05% last year, which is a drop to 2.52% compared to 2020. The revelation is as per the National Accounts’ Statistics Report 2022. The primary […]

Electronics see 3-5% price hike amid costlier imports

The depreciating Bhutanese Ngultrum against the US dollar has put further aggravated the problem The prices of home appliances and consumer electronics, including TVs, washing machines, and refrigerators, have gone up by 3 to 5% from May end or the first week of June as imports costs have been rising, according to the importers in […]

Construction sector expected to grow by 5% in June

The sector is one of the government’s priorities to revive the economy, according to the MoWHS Minister As economic activities in the country start to get momentum, the construction sector is expected to grow by 5% in June this year. Works and Human Settlement Minister Dorji Tshering said that the construction sector is expected to […]