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Chairperson makes presentation on Bhutan’s Political History to Young Professionals

Posted on : 25 April 2016
Today, the Chairperson of the National Council made a presentation on “Bhutan’s Political History: Formation and development of the Bhutanese State” and “The Role of Monarchs in Shaping the Bhutanese State: 100 years & Beyond” at the Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS). The presentation was made to the mid-career professionals participating in the young professionals leadership program (YPLP-1) from various agencies. Photo Credit: RIGSS, Facebook page....

High level Seminar on Green Public Procurement

Posted on : 22 April 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council inaugurated the 2nd High level seminar on Green Public Procurement (GPP) this morning at Taj Hotel. The seminar highlighted on the findings and ten recommendations to the Ministry of Finance. The GPP Bhutan conducted the seminar with an objective to advocate on appropriate balance of sustainable development - economically, socially and environmentally when procuring goods services or works. The presentation reflected that public authorities…....

Bhutan Globalization and the Multilateral Trading System seminar

Posted on : 21 April 2016
Members of Parliament joined officials from different organizations to attend a half day seminar on Bhutan Globalization and the Multilateral Trading System. Organized by the Department of Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs the seminar was facilitated by Mr. Thomas Matthew, UNCTAD.....

Tentative Agenda for the 17th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 21 April 2016
The 17th Session of the National Council is scheduled on 26th May 2016. The agenda includes deliberation on Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill 2016, review report of Agriculture Policies,Anti-Corruption Commission Annual Report, Budget & Appropriation Bill 2016-17 and Constituency Issues. Detail Agenda....

Chairperson attends the Wangdue Kuenrey consecration ceremony

Posted on : 20 April 2016
Today, the Chairperson accompanied by some of the National Council members attended the Kuenray consecration ceremony at Wangduephodrang. The ceremony was graced by His Majesty the King and His Holiness the Je Khenpo. The Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, dzongkhag officals and thousands of devotees were also present for the consecration ceremony. The Wangduephodrang dzong was built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyel. It was destroyed in a fire in 2012. Photo…....

The launch of the Legal and Policy Review of Responses to Human Trafficking in Bhutan Report

Posted on : 20 April 2016
Members of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee of the National Council attended the presentation and launch of the report “Legal and Policy Review of Responses to Human Trafficking in Bhutan”. The launch was jointly organized by the National Commission for Woman and Children (NCWC) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Members of Parliament, Secretary of the MoLHR, and relevant stakeholders were also invited for the launch.…....

Consultative Meeting with the Ministry of Health on the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill

Posted on : 19 April 2016
Earlier this morning, the Good Governance Committee in collaboration with the Working Committee for the establishment of Bhutan Red Cross Society held a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Health on the Red Cross Society Bill 2016. The meeting was chaired by the GGC Chairperson and was attended by the Secretary and officials from the Ministry of Health.....

Secretariat staff on Strategic Management of Secretariat Services

Posted on : 18 April 2016
Eleven Secretariat Staff was on a weeklong training at Paro from 11 – 15 April 2016 on “strategic management of secretariat services”. The training was a part of a follow-up on the three week training held at Netherlands from January 10-1 February 2016. It was organized by CINOP Global sponsored by the Netherlands government under tailor made training scholarship of NUFFIC with the overall objective to establish a good governing…....

Social & Cultural Affairs Committee elects Chairperson

Posted on : 14 April 2016
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Presentation on BBIN to Members of Parliament

Posted on : 13 April 2016
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Chairperson Address to the Global Parliamentary Conference

Posted on : 12 April 2016
On 11 April 2016 the National Council Chairperson, Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga's address to the Global Parliamentary Conference in Washington D.C. "Excellencies, Hon’ble MPs, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am Sonam Kinga, Chairperson of National Council, the upper chamber of Bhutan’s parliament. Bhutan is a small Kingdom but an old country located in the Himalayas. I take this opportunity to extend to you greetings of His Majesty the King, a visionary…....

Members of Parliament attend consultative meeting with Finance Ministry

Posted on : 11 April 2016
On 11th April the National Council and the National Assembly members attended a daylong meeting convened by the Ministry of Finance on the framework agreement between the Royal Government of Bhutan and the European Investment Bank and budgetary process....

His Majesty the King's offering to Chari Monastery

Posted on : 11 April 2016
His Majesty the King offered six sandalwood boxes to the Chari monastery on Sunday (10/04/2016) by personally carrying one of the boxes all the way up to the monastery. These boxes will store the precious relics and treasures of ZhabdungNawangNamgyel. Alongside His Majesty the King, the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council also joined the entourage in making the offering and prayers on this sacred event. Photo Credit: His MajestyJigme…....

Ad-hoc Committee meets with the Election Commission of Bhutan

Posted on : 11 April 2016
The Ad-hoc committee led by the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council met with the Chief Election Commissioner and officials of Election Commission of Bhutan as a part of consultative process that House undertakes to understand, exchange views and resolve issues with the concerned agency. Issues such as the educational qualification of Members of Parliament and Local Government Leaders, residential voting and cost cutting measures of the election process were…....

Legislative Committee convenes consultative meeting with the Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs

Posted on : 07 April 2016
Today, the Legislative Committee convened a consultative meeting with the Ministry of Home & Cultural Affairs (MoHCA) to discuss immigration issues. His Excellency Lyonpo Dawa Gyaltshen, senior officials from MoHCA, the Chairperson of NC alongwith LC Committee, and members of the National Council took part in the meeting. The meeting ended with an interactive question and answer session.....

Presentation on Foreign Workers Recruitment

Posted on : 06 April 2016
Today, the Legislative Committee had an extensive presentation on the “Foreign Workers Recruitment Process in Bhutan - Issues and Concern ” by the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources (MoLHR) in the National Council Conference Hall. The Legislative Committee was assigned to review the issues related to foreign workers recruitment by the National Council. The presentation from the Ministry of Labour and Human Resources highlighted the following: Overall situation of…....

Chairperson on a visit to the National Museum at Paro

Posted on : 05 April 2016
The Chairperson of the National Council is currently on a 2 day visit to the National Museum at Paro. Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga is conducting a seminar on the theme, “Formation, Development and Survival of the Bhutanese State and Nation”. The seminar ends today. Photo Credit: H.E Dasho Dr. Sonam Kinga....

Constituency Visit updates

Posted on : 05 April 2016
Hon’ble Sangay Khandu of Gasa Dzongkhag is attending the opening of 8thGasa Dzongkhag Tshogdu today. The session ends tomorrow. For the past two weeks, he has been visiting the gewogs of Khamae, Khatoed as well as attending the 2nd mid-term review session of Gasa Dzongkhag. On 2nd April - the Hon’ble Member Pema Tenzin attended the Mid-Term Review in Chukkha Dzongkhag. During the meeting, the Dzongda and Gups of 11…....

Good Governance Committee re-elects the Eminent Member Tashi Wangmo as the Chairperson

Posted on : 05 April 2016
Good Governance Committee re-elects Eminent Member TashiWangmo as the Chairperson and Hon’ble Tempa Dorji of Lhuntse Dzongkhag as the Deputy Chairperson during the Committee’s meeting held on the 22nd of January 2016. They both have been serving as the Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for the last three years.....

Legislative Committee appoints the Hon’ble Sangay Khandu as the Chairperson

Posted on : 01 April 2016
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Good Governance Committee meets with the Bhutan Transparency Initiative

Posted on : 01 April 2016
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Preparatory discussions on 17th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 30 March 2016
The 35th Plenary Session focused on the preparation for the 17th Session of the National Council of Bhutan, which is tentatively scheduled on 26th May 2016. The 17th Session will deliberate on the Bhutan Red Cross Society Bill, Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report and the Budget and Appropriation Bill 2016-17. It was agreed that the Chairperson shall follow up with the Speaker on the Agenda for the Joint Session of the…....

Bhutan Parliamentary Delegation at the 134th Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), Lusaka, Zambia

Posted on : 29 March 2016
An eight member delegation from Bhutan’s Parliament led by the Hon’ble Speaker of the National Assembly, Lyonpo Jigme Zangpo, Hon’ble Kaka Tshering and Hon’ble Kesang Chuki Dorjee from the National Council as well as the Hon’ble Yogesh Tamang, Hon’ble Gopal Gurung Hon’ble Rinzin Jamtsho from the National Assembly attended the 134th IPU Assembly from 17th – 23rd March, 2016. “Rejuvenating Democracy, Giving Voice to the Youth” was the theme for…....

NREC appoints Hon’ble Jigmi Rinzin as the Chairperson

Posted on : 28 March 2016
Hon’ble Jigme Rinzin of Pema Gatsel Dzongkhag has been appointed as the Chairperson to the Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) today. He will be serving the Committee as the Chairperson for a year. Similarly, Hon’ble Nima Gyaltshen of Thimphu, who was serving as the Chair to the Committee will now serve as the Deputy Chairperson....

Hon'ble Chairperson visits Schools in the eastern Bhutan

Posted on : 21 March 2016
The Hon'ble Chairperson is in his constituency since 6th March 2016. On the sidelines of his visit to Gewogs in Trashigang Khamed, he is visiting Schools to meet students and share his thoughts in the hopes to inspire them. He also interacted with the students of Sherubtse College and some schools in Mongar and Lhuentse Dzongkhags. During the public meetings, the Hon'ble Chairperson shared the NC resolutions on hydropower, unemployment…....

The New Japanese Ambassador to Bhutan Calls on the Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 04 February 2016
In the afternoon today, the new Japanese Ambassador to Bhutan, His Excellency Kenji Hiramatsu called on the Deputy Chairperson Hon’ble Tshering Dorji. Welcoming His Excellency the Ambassador and delegation on behalf of the National Council of Bhutan, the Hon’ble Deputy Chairperson expressed deepest appreciation for the continued support the Government of Japan has rendered to Bhutan. Further, he expressed gratitude to the Government and people of Japan for placing high…....

Consultation on Legislative Drafting Manual

Posted on : 29 January 2016
The Hon'ble Members of National Council, chaired by the Hon'ble Deputy Chairperson are attending a presentation on the draft Legislative Drafting Manual today. While the consultants had already presented the draft to Hon'ble Members of Parliament of both Houses couple of months ago, the House felt it was pertinent to seek another round of presentation from the consultants to ensure that the manual outlines relevant existing practices pertaining to drafting…....

Joint Parliamentary Delegation from Bhutan visits Bangladesh

Posted on : 26 December 2015
A 12-member Joint Parliamentary Delegation from Bhutan is in Bangladesh on a 7-day parliamentary visit program. The delegation is led by His Excellency Thrizin Sonam Kinga (Ph.D), the Hon'ble Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan, with members from both the Houses. Today the delegation called on the Hon'ble President of Bangladesh at the Bangabhaban. Welcoming the delegation to Bangladesh, the Hon'ble President shared how close Bhutan remains in the…....

Director gets appointed as Pemagatshel Dzongdag

Posted on : 08 December 2015
The Director of the National Council (NC) was appointed as the new Dzongdag of Pemagatshel on 7th December 2015. His Majesty granted Trashi Khadar to Mr. Phuntsho, who was serving as the Director since October 2012. Prior to his service in National Council Secretariat, he worked in the Ministry of Information & Communication. He also served as Media Advisor to the former Prime Minister of Bhutan. The National Council fraternity…....

16th session of the National Council concludes

Posted on : 08 December 2015
In the last sitting of the 16th Session of the National Council, the House adopted the recommendations on the hydropower policies and programs, local government assessment study, employment policies, programs and strategies, and centralization of schools. Highlighting the objective and concerns on establishing the central schools in the country, the Hon’ble Member from Trongsa Dzongkhag acknowledged the Government initiative in the reform program to enhance education through rationalization of smaller…....

His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appoints three Eminent Members

Posted on : 07 December 2015
In keeping with Article 11.1 (b) of the Constitution, His Majesty the Druk Gyalpo appointed three Eminent Members to the National Council of Bhutan, today. Hon Karma Tshering, the former Director of Department of Hydro Power and Power System, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Hon Kesang Chuki Dorjee, the founder of KCD Productions, and Hon Phuntsho Rapten, the former Chief Planning Officer of Ministry of Labour and Human Resources, were granted…....

NC deliberates on the Recommendations on Review Report of National Employment Policy, Porgrammes and Strategies

Posted on : 04 December 2015
Today, the Chairperson of the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee submitted the revised recommendations on the review report of national employment policy, programmes and strategies. The House began its deliberation on the twelve recommendations of the Committee on “Employment Creations”. Recognizing the important of agriculture sector in addressing the unemployment issues, the members significantly shared their opinion and supplemented on the need to enhance and support the sector. Among many,…....

NC deliberates on the Review Report of National Employment Policy, Programmes and Strategies

Posted on : 03 December 2015
Today, the Social & Cultural Affairs Committee presented the report on the review of National Employment Policy, Program and Strategies to the House. Highlighting the background of the review report, the Chairperson of the Committee said that prior to the directive from the House the Committee continue to study the unemployment issues from two perspectives namely “Employment Creation” and “Employment Promotion”. He informed that it was also evident that the…....

NC continues to deliberate on Local Governance Assessment Report

Posted on : 02 December 2015
Today, the House continued to deliberate on the report of local governance assessment submitted by the Good Government Committee. The Chairperson of the Committee outlined the main issues and recommendations proposed by the Committee on the administrative decentralization and fiscal decentralization for the House to consider. Although the House supported and adopted some of the recommendations proposed by the Committee, the members debated and supplemented on the human resources and…....

NC adopts the recommendations on Tourism Policies and Strategies

Posted on : 01 December 2015
Today, the House adopted the recommendations on Tourism Policies and Strategies submitted by the Economic Affairs Committee. The Good Governance Committee presented the report on local governance assessment. Presenting the final recommendations, the Chairperson of the Committee reported that base on the directive given by the House during the 8th sitting of the present session, the Committee conducted a meeting with concern members and relevant stakeholders to scrutinize the recommendations.…....

NC deliberates on the Recommendations on Hydropower Development Policyt

Posted on : 30 November 2015
Today, the Ad-hoc Committee submitted the recommendations on the hydropower policy and development, followed by adoption of the amendments on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015(Government Bill). The Committee presented eight recommendations on the hydropower development and policy, the House deliberated at length providing necessary amendments. Among many pertinent issues, the members provided their suggestions on the delay of the Government in achieving the target of developing the 10,000MW hydropower…....

Reports on the Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008

Posted on : 27 November 2015
Today the the Ad-hoc Committee presented the final review report on the Hydropower Development Policy and Programmes, followed by question hour session with the Hon’ble Education Minister. The Ad-hoc Committee was constituted during the 18th Plenary as a result of series of concerns expressed by the House on the sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008. The Natural Resources and Environment Committee was subsumed under the ad hoc committee as it was…....

NC resolves to amend the Election Act of Bhutan 2008

Posted on : 20 November 2015
The Chairperson of the Legislative Committee submitted the necessary changes made to the Jabmi (Amendment) Bill 2015 as directed by the House. However, he said that the Committee could not come to an agreement on three sections and had left these for the House to make a decision. The House decided to retain Section 24 as in the Jabmi Act of Bhutan 2003 and adopted the Jabmi (Amendment) Bill of…....

NC continues deliberation on Tourism Policy and Strategies

Posted on : 19 November 2015
The 8th sitting of the National Council continued with deliberations on the Tourism Policy and Strategies. The House extensively deliberated on the issues pertaining to tourism policy, tariff reforms, royalty, liberalization, mass tourism and unregulated regional tourism. Although the members supported the recommendations, the House directed the Economic Affairs Committee to consider the feedback provided by the members and submit its final recommendations for adoption. Tomorrow, the House will adopt…....

NC deliberates on the recommendations on Tourism Policy and Strategies

Posted on : 18 November 2015
Today, the House deliberated on the Tourism Policy and Strategies report prepared by the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC). The Chairperson and members of the EAC reported that the Committee carried out extensive review on the rationale, guiding policy, key institutions and stakeholders, tourism sectors, situational analysis, emerging issues and concerns and observations and recommendations. Recognizing the potential of the tourism sector to grow and further contribute towards socio-economic development of…....

Deliberation on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015 continues

Posted on : 17 November 2015
At the outset, the Deputy Chairperson, on behalf of the National Council of Bhutan, acknowledged and expressed appreciation to the volunteer group, who combed-up and cleaned public toilets across the country. He said that the group has set a good and an exemplary precedence of organizing such cleaning campaigns to keep the country clean. Proceeding with the business, the House continued to deliberate on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015.…....

House deliberates on the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 16 November 2015
Today, the Hon’ble Minister for Economic Affairs introduced the Companies Bill of Bhutan 2105 (Government Bill) to the National Council. Prior to introduction of the Bill, the Hon’ble Deputy Chairperson, who presided over the sitting, clarified on the National Council stand on the legality and constitutionality of Government establishing the Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOIC). He further clarified that the National Council provided political space and opportunity for the…....

House adopts the proposal to withdraw the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 13 November 2015
Today the Hon’ble Minister for Ministry of Economic Affairs (MoEA) introduced the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015. Briefing on the principle, objectives and benefits of the Bill, he reported that it was aimed to make the economic system of the country viable by providing business registration system and a separate legal entity. He said that the Act would formalize 98% of the businesses in the country that do not…....

House deliberates on the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 12 November 2015
Today the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee introduced the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill of Bhutan 2015. Presenting the principle and objectives for amendment, he said that the Committee studied the Bill that was passed by the National Assembly in the 5th Session of the Second Parliament, as directed by the House in the last Session. In the process of deliberation, some members submitted that there were many issues which needed…....

International Agreements and Conventions ratified

Posted on : 06 November 2015
Today the National Council deliberated on the European Investment Bank (EIB) Framework Agreement and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and, ratified the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity) Introducing the European Investment Bank (EIB) Framework Agreement (FWA), the Hon’ble Minister for Finance briefed on the principle and objectives of the agreement. Four members sought clarifications on the agreement to ensure that the document was in consonance with…....

16th Session begins with tributes to His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo

Posted on : 05 November 2015
The 16th Session of the National Council of Bhutan began today. In the opening ceremony, the Hon’ble Members and Secretariat staff offered Zhabten to His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo on the occasion of His 60th Birth Anniversary. Four Hon’ble Members, representing four regions of our country expressed gratitude to His Majesty the 4th Druk Gyalpo for the unconditional sacrifices He made to the country and people during the 34…....

The National Council Reviews the final draft report

Posted on : 30 October 2015
In order to prepare for the 16th session, a three-day plenary was held starting from 28th -30th October, 2015 in the National Council Conference Hall. The plenary was convened to mainly discuss on the final draft report by the committees after months of research consultation held with various stakeholders. As directed by the Chairperson to the committees during the 29th plenary, the Committee worked for months for an interim report,…....

The Chairperson leads the 133rd Inter-Parliamentary Union

Posted on : 26 October 2015
The Chairperson of the National Council led twelve-member delegation consisting of parliamentarians from both Houses to attend 133rd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, Switzerland from 17th to 21st October 2015.. During the General Assembly, the Chairperson made a statement on the theme “The moral and economic imperative for fairer, smarter and more human migration”. He also had the opportunity to preside over one of the session.…....

Eminent Members Relieved

Posted on : 30 September 2015
Dasho Karma Y. Raydi and Kuenlay Tshering who served as Eminent Members of the National Council since 2008 have been relieved from the National Council effective 30 September 2015. They are awaiting their next appointment. The National Council of Bhutan would like to thank them for their dedicated services to the House and wish them success in their career.....

Strategic Development Plan and Virtual Zomdu (VZ)Launches

Posted on : 16 September 2015
The Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council launched the Strategic Development Plan and the Virtual Zomdu today. The ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Madam Christina Carlson, Resident Representative of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Hon’ble Members, Director of National Assembly, Secretariat Staff and representatives from the Media Houses. As a part of the launching ceremony, the prototype videoconference was arranged with the Dzongrab, sector heads and representatives of the…....
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