Attending to BCCI

The Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry has just concluded its 24th Annual General Meeting. The gathering attracted some much needed attention for the private sector in general and the BCCI in particular.

The minister of economic affairs addressed the AGM during its opening ceremony on Thursday, and encouraged the private sector to come up with new business ideas.

On Friday, our prime minister also attended the meeting. And he spoke at length – for more than two hours, some say – to the business community about what the private sector can expect from our government. He reiterated our government’s promise to make Bhutan a preferred destination for ICT businesses. Yes! It’s about time that we started harvesting the enormous business and employment potential of ICT.

And he promised a one-stop service centre to make doing business easier. Yes! Our business community has heard this promise over and over again, first from previous governments and then, very compellingly, during the campaigning that preceded last year’s elections. And still no one-stop service centre. But now I’m very hopeful.

Kuensel’s article on the AGM is available here.

BCCI’s new leaders

On Thursday, during its 24th Annual General Meeting, the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries elected Topgyal Dorji as its 5th president, and Chen Chen Dorji and Thinley P. Dorji as vice presidents.

I offer my heartiest congratulations to the incoming president and vice presidents. The three unrelated Dorji’s have an important common mission: to force our government to get serious about private sector development.