Successful SAARC

The Sixteenth SAARC summit is over. And, by all accounts, the event was a grand success. So compliments are in order.

I offer my congratulations to the prime minister, the officiating foreign minister and the government; civil servants (all of them, but especially those in the foreign ministry); RBP, RBA and RBG; the Thimphu City Corporation; teachers and students; volunteers; and the clergy. Special thanks are due to the Government of India for their generous support.

The banner, showcasing the eight SAARC leaders, was sent in by Lhendup Dorji, an official photographer with Business Bhutan. The gallery has a few more of his photographs of the SAARC summit.

Potemkin village?

Ready?

Lobxang’s comment on “Mining our business”:

Pardon me, this is not related to mining but rather a bizarre topic.

Is the Government panicking over the upcoming SAARC Summit in the Country? From what I read in Kuensel, the government is acting like they are having a cold feet already. First, tour operators were asked to vacate hotel rooms of their guests in Thimphu to Punakha and Paro. Now Kuensel reports that there is this strange rule of allowing traffic on alternating days depending on their odd or even license numbers.

From my understanding, Bhutan had a very, very long time to prepare for this very upcoming occasion.

Is there a such thing as a Police Escort and Motorcade in our country? Sure, heavy traffic can be an inconvenience and a security concern to our dignitaries. But should the restrictions go as far as putting the ordinary lives to a complete halt? This is beginning to sound like the Russian legend of Potemkin Village. What are we trying to hide from the dignitaries anyway?

I’ve taken the liberty of linking Lobxang’s article to relevant sites – I hope he doesn’t mind. In addition, see inconveniences caused to travelers, contractors, and local residents.