Jack recently posted a comment in “Double vision” asking for my “…opinion regarding the government paying USD 9.1m to a global management consultancy firm, McKinsey and company”.
I’m afraid that I know very little about “Accelerating Bhutan’s Economic Development”, the project that McKinsey will implement. And, the little I know comes from what Kuensel had reported a few days ago. The project must be interesting. And exciting. So, I’m already looking forward to learning more about it.
But let’s look at what we know. In “Really hard business”, we talked about how difficult it was to do business in our country. The World Bank’s Doing Business report 2008 ranked Bhutan a dismal 119 out of the 178 countries studied for ease of doing business.
In “Doing business isn’t easy anywhere” we noted that doing business in Bhutan got more difficult during the previous year. The World Bank’s Doing Business report 2009 put Bhutan at 124 of the 181 countries. We inferred that rules and regulations needed to be reviewed to make them business friendly.
In “Getting down to business” we looked at the ten dimensions of doing business that were covered in Doing Business report 2009. Six of the ten areas needed drastic improvements if doing business in Bhutan were to be made easier.
And, in “Official business” I suggested that, to make doing business easier, we would first need to change the mindset and the attitudes of our officials.
Why do I mention these previous entries? Because, let’s face it, all of us, in the private sector and in the government, know, more or less, what must be done to make doing business easier in Bhutan. Now, if McKinsey is needed to get the job done, so be it. But, be warned, don’t expect any magic. Ultimately, it’s up to us.