Indian PM Narendra Modi to inaugurate 5 important projects in Bhutan

The Indian PM is also expected to exchange 9 MoUs during his two-day State Visit to Bhutan

Apart from inaugurating and launching five important projects, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is expected to exchange nine Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) during his two-day State Visit to Bhutan from August 17-18 at the invitation of Prime Minister Dr. Lotay Tshering.

The Indian Prime Minister will be accompanied by senior government officials of the Government of India.

According to the press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Thimphu yesterday, Prime Minister Modi will receive an Audience with His Majesty The King on 17th August 2019. His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen will host a luncheon in honor of Prime Minister Modi on 18th August 2019 at the Kuenrey of the Tashichhodzong.

Prime Minister Modi will also receive an Audience with His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo on 17th August 2019.

Lyonchhen Dr. Lotay Tshering will hold an official level meeting with Prime Minister Modi on 17th August 2019, and also host a banquet dinner in honor of Prime Minister Modi the same evening.

Dr. Pema Gyamtsho, Leader of the Opposition, will also all-on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During the visit, according to the press release, Prime Minister Modi and Lyonchhen will jointly inaugurate and launch the following projects on 17th August 2019 at the Gyalyong Tshogkhang such as the Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Plant, a stamp commemorating five decades of Indo-Bhutan Hydropower Cooperation; the ‘RuPay’ card; Ground Station for the South Asian Satellite (SAS); and inter-connection between Indian National Knowledge Network (NKN) and DrukREN.

Meawhile, the nine Memoranda of Understandings (MoUs) expected to be exchanged include the MoU on Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation between Aircraft Investigation Unit, Ministry of Information & Communications, RGoB, and Aircraft Accident and Investigation Bureau, Ministry of Civil Aviation, GoI;  MoUs between the Royal University of Bhutan and four leading Indian Universities in Kanpur, Delhi, Silchar and Bombay; MoU between National Legal Institute of Bhutan and the National Judicial Academy of India; MoU between Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law (JSW Law) and the National School of India University (NSLIU); MoU between Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT), Ministry of Information & Communications, and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO); and MoU between National Knowledge Network of India and Druk Research and Education Network.

Prime Minister Modi, according to the press release, will visit the Semtokha Dzong that houses the statue of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, which has been loaned to Bhutan by the Government of India.

He is expected to plant a tree sapling at the premises of the Semtokha Dzong. The Prime Minister is also scheduled to visit the National Memorial Chorten where he will offer prayers and butter lamps.

And on the morning of 18th August 2019, Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to deliver an address to the students at the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) at the RUB Convention Hall.

“The address will also be attended by an audience comprising Ministers, Members of Parliament, and senior officials of the Royal Government,” states the press release.

Meanwhile, this is Prime Minister Modi’s second State Visit to Bhutan. His first State Visit to Bhutan took place in June 2014 soon after assuming office as Prime Minister of India.

“The upcoming visit is in keeping with the long-established tradition of regular exchange of visits at the highest levels between Bhutan and India. Prime Minister Modi’s visit will further strengthen the already existing close ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries,” states the press release.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of External Affairs (MoEA) of the Government of India yesterday also issued a press release on the State Visit of the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, to Bhutan.

According to the press release from the MoEA, the visit reflects the high priority that the Government of India attaches to its relations with Bhutan, India’s trusted friend and neighbour.

“Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Bhutan, very early in his second term, is in line with GoI’s continued emphasis on its ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’,” states the press release.

Tshering from Thimphu