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Private sector views on the Enterprise Registration Bill 2015

Posted on : 11 September 2015
Four officials led by the Secretary General of the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (BCCI) made a presentation on “Private Sector Views” on the Enterprise Registration Bill 2015 to the Natural Resources and Environment Committee yesterday. The presentation highlighted the BCCI participation in the review on the draft bill, BCCI comments on the Bill and the feedbacks of the stakeholder’s meeting. During the presentation, it was reflected that the…....

Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) seeks clarification on Employment Generation

Posted on : 02 September 2015
The SCAC conducted a stakeholder’s meeting with the Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC), the Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI) and the Royal University of Bhutan (RUB) to discuss on the status of “Employment Generation” today. Besides the Members of the National Council, the Vice-chancellor, RUB; Director, RCSC, and the General Secretary (GS), BCCI were present in the meeting. The RCSC presented the outline of the employment trends, human…....

NREC seeks Clarification on the principle of the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015

Posted on : 26 August 2015
Natural Resource and Environment Committee (NREC) consulted the BCCI on the Enterprise Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 in the National Council Conference Hall today. Besides the members, seven participants from different business entity under BCCI took part in the consultative meeting. The Chairperson to the Committee expressed that the Committee is in the process of reviewing the Bill which has been adopted and passed by National Assembly in its 5th…....

Secretariat Staff trained on wholesome etiquette

Posted on : 24 August 2015
Twenty seven Secretariat staff took part in a five-day training on the Bhutanese Code of Etiquette (Driglam Namzha) from 17th to 21st August 2015 at the Bhutan Chamber Commerce Industry conference hall. The training was facilitated by the Department of Culture (DoC) under the Ministry of Home and Culture Affairs. Besides the staff of the National Council Secretariat, 34 teachers from different schools under Thimphu Thromde participated in the training.…....

Presentation on Electricity Tariff Formulation and Processes

Posted on : 17 July 2015
The Adhoc Committee along with few other members of the National Council sought clarification on tariff determination parameters and electricity subsidies in the country during the presentation made by the Bhutan Electricity Authority (BEA) on the Electricity Tariff Formulation and Processes earlier today in the National Council Conference Hall. Two officials from the BEA in presenting the Electricity Tariff formulation and processes highlighted the background, principles for tariff regulation, tariff…....

Social & Cultural Affairs Committee uses video conferencing to meet World Bank Experts

Posted on : 16 July 2015
The Honorable members of Social and Cultural Affairs Committee had a video conference with the World Bank experts on the 16th of July, 2015 at 5pm. The conference was held to get some international perspectives on the issues pertaining to unemployment. While two of the experts, Mr. Cem Mete and Mr. Achim Schimillen were based in Washington DC, Ms. Jasmine Rajbhandary was connected at the Nepal office. The discussion captured…....

Presentation on the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity)

Posted on : 16 July 2015
Two officials from the Ministry of Economic Affairs made a presentation on the SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation pertaining to electricity to the Ad hoc Committee in the National Council Conference Hall today. The SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity) was ratified and passed to the National Council in the 5th session of the National Assembly. Accordingly, during the 15th session of the National Council, the House directed…....

Presentation by the Guide Association of Bhutan to the Economic Affairs Committee

Posted on : 15 July 2015
The Chairman accompanied by nine members from the Guide Association of Bhutan (GAB) made a presentation on the functions of the GAB to the Economic Affairs Committee in the Conference Hall of the National Council today. Recapitulating the mandate of the National Council Act and the Constitution as a house of review, the Chairperson of the Committee reported that the Committee was assigned to review the tourism policy and strategies…....

Legislative Committee meets private law firms for Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill 2014

Posted on : 14 July 2015
The Legislative Committee conducts a consultative meeting with the private law firms in Bhutan on the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 today in the National Council Conference Hall. Acknowledging the importance of the meeting, Hon., Kuenlay Tshering, the Committee Chairperson briefly explained the objectives of the meeting to have an open discussion with the private firms whether the proposed amendment on the Jabmi Act (Amendment) Bill 2014 by the National…....

Presentation on Enterprises Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 by Ministry of Economy Affairs

Posted on : 14 July 2015
Four officials led by the Joint Secretary the Ministry of Economy Affairs made a presentation to the Natural Resources & Environment Committee (NREC) on the Enterprises Registration Bill of Bhutan 2015 today in the National Council conference hall. The presentation outlined the backgrounds, objective, registration of enterprises, proposed registry model, name Registration, registration prerequisites to ensure one window system for collection of applicant’s information at one point of registry while…....

Delegation from the Institute of Legislative Studies, Vietnam calls on the Hon’ble Chairperson

Posted on : 03 July 2015
A six-member delegation from the Institute of Legislative Studies, Socialist Republic of Vietnam called on the Hon’ble Chairperson, yesterday. The delegation was led by Associate Professor Dr. Dinh Xuan Thao, Member of the Standing Committee on Law, National Assembly of Vietnam-cum-President of the Institute of Legislative Studies. The objective of the study tour is to understand the legal systems, the law-making processes and the various mechanisms for checks and balances…....

Chairperson attends the fourth graduation day celebrations at RTC

Posted on : 02 July 2015
The Chairperson of the National Council attended the fourth graduation day celebrations at Royal Thimphu College (RTC) yesterday as its Chief Guest. Venerable Tsugla Lopen also graced the celebrations. Congratulating the 301 graduates, the Chairperson reminded them that the successful completion of undergraduate education is not an end but a means to a successful life. Learning is a life-long process and that it cannot stop with graduation or employment. He…....

The National Council Reviews the Progress of Committee Works

Posted on : 29 June 2015
The National Council’s preparations for the 16th session which will commence in November are in full swing. In order to review preparatory activities such as work plans and progress reports of different committees, it convened its 29th plenary meeting on 29th June at the National Council conference hall. The Chairperson has assigned different committees with Bills and Policy Review tasks during the conclusion of the 15th session on 15th June…....

Ambassador- Designate of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam calls on the Chairperson

Posted on : 19 June 2015
The Ambassador-designate of Socialist Republic of Vietnam to India, Nepal & Bhutan, H.E Ton Sing Thanh, called on the Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan today. The Chairperson cordially welcomed the ambassador on behalf of the National Council of Bhutan. The chairperson said that visit of H.E. Ton Sing Thanh was historic since he was visiting Bhutan in his capacity as the first ambassador of Vietnam. He expressed his…....

Briefing the Gups on the Functions of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 19 June 2015
The Chairperson of the National Council met with the second batch of Gups who are in the capital to attend their annual conference at the NRDCL Conference Hall. During the session, the Chairperson briefly explained the functions, composition and special features of the National Council of Bhutan. The briefing was followed by an interactive session during which issues relating to currency exchange at Bhutan-India border, legality of BOIC, election, Dramitse…....

15th Session of the National Council Concludes

Posted on : 15 June 2015
The concluding session of the National Council dwelt on the recommendations on Gewog Rationalization. The Chairperson of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee submitted to defer the deliberations on the recommendations since Gewog rationalization and delimitations would also be determined by new boundaries drawn for the Thromdes. The House accordingly decided to defer the case. The Chairperson distributed and assigned review works to the Committees in preparation for the 16th…....

The National Council endorses the National Budget & Appropriation Bill for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-16

Posted on : 12 June 2015
Today, the National Council adopted the National Budget and Appropriation Bill for the financial year 2015-16 and Supplementary budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2014-15 with a few recommendations. The House extensively deliberated on the National Budget for the Financial Year 2015-16 with the members submitting their concerns and recommendations. Among others, the House adopted the recommendations that program borrowings from external sources should not be used for recurrent…....

Introduction of the National Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2015-16

Posted on : 11 June 2015
Today, the Hon’ble Minister for Finance (MoF) introduced the National Budget Appropriation Bill for the Financial Year 2015-16 to the members of the National Council of Bhutan. The Minister, while presenting the Annual Budget report for the Fiscal Year 2015-16, reported that the Government had allocated a maximum share (24%) of the plans outlay (capital) for the financial year. He further stated that for the first time, the budget had…....

Adoption of the Resolutions and Recommendations on policy related issues

Posted on : 09 June 2015
The National Council today adopted the recommendations on the Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report and the continued service of the Gup of Dramitse despite the transfer of his census to Ngatshang gewog. The House also adopted the recommendations on the Special Audit Report on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO). Further, the House endorsed a motion to submit a bill in the 16th Session on the Possession of…....

Deliberation on the transfer of census of an elected Local Leader

Posted on : 08 June 2015
As directed by the House during its 28th Plenary Session held on the 19th May 2015, the Good Governance Committee (GGC) presented its findings with regard to the transfer of the incumbent Dramitse gup’s mitsi from Drametse gewog to Ngatshang gewog. The Chairperson of the GGC reported that the Committee had discussed the matter with the objective to establish whether the case in question had violated any legal provision and…....

Deliberations on Special Audit Report and Question Hour Sessions

Posted on : 05 June 2015
The House deliberated on the Special Audit Report on import and distribution of Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and Superior Kerosene Oil (SKO), which was presented by the Economic Affairs Committee (EAC). The presentation outlined the background, pricing component of Petroleum Oil Lubricants (POL), findings and recommendations of the Royal Audit Authority and, findings and recommendations of the Economic Affairs Committee. The House unanimously decided that the National Council, in which…....

Deliberations on the Annual Anti-Corruption Commission Report

Posted on : 01 June 2015
The Chairperson of the Good Governance Committee (GGC), in presenting the Annual Anti-Corruption Report, said that unlike the previous annual reports, the Annual Report 2014 took stock of the ACC’s achievements over the past nine years since the term of the incumbent Chairperson and two Commission Members ended in mid 2015. In summarizing the performance of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in the past nine years, she touched upon building ACC…....

Adoption of the Recommendations on issues related to Election and Implementation of the Resolutions of the 14th Session

Posted on : 29 May 2015
While presenting the final report to the House today, the Chairperson of the Legislative Committee reported that based on the directives given by the House during the 3rd sitting of the present session, the Committee met on May 26, 2015 to re-deliberate and compile the final report after taking into consideration all the concerns raised by the Members. The House adopted the recommendations submitted by the Committee on election related…....

Ratification of International Conventions

Posted on : 28 May 2015
The 6th Sitting of the National Council of Bhutan saw the ratification of two international conventions viz. Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Statute of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Introducing the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture said that due to the far sighted vision of His…....

Deliberations on Sustainable Hydropower Development and Employment Policies

Posted on : 27 May 2015
The 5th sitting of the National Council of Bhutan presided over by the Deputy Chairperson deliberated on two interim policy review reports - Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008 by the Ad-hoc Committee, and National Employment Policy, Program and Strategies by the Social and Cultural Affairs Committee. The members of the Ad-hoc Committee presented the ongoing review report on the Sustainable Hydropower Development Policy 2008 which included literature review, conduct of…....

Deliberation on rationalization of Gewogs and tourism policy

Posted on : 26 May 2015
The 4th sitting of the National Council deliberated on two policy review reports - Rationalization of Gewogs presented by the Natural Resource and Environment Committee, and the Interim Report on Tourism Policies and Strategies by the Economic Affairs Committee. The Chairperson of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee presented the review report on the Rationalization of Gewogs which included, among others, chronology of past resolutions, list of Gewogs and Chiwogs…....

Deliberation on Committee Report on Election Related Issues

Posted on : 25 May 2015
The 3rd sitting of the National Council deliberated on the report submitted by the Legislative Committee on election related issues. Before proceeding with the business of the House, the Chairperson reminded the members on the three Royal Commands received by the Members of the National Council during the Dakyen Ceremony exactly 2 years ago requiring the Members of the National Council to serve the nation as an apolitical institution and…....

Introduction and endorsement of the Entitlement and Service Condition Act for the Holders, Members and Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices of Bhutan (Amendment) Bill 2014

Posted on : 22 May 2015
The 2nd Sitting of the National Council witnessed the introduction of the Entitlement and Service conditions (Amendment) Bill for Holders, Members & Commissioners of the Constitutional Offices by Hon’ble Finance Minister. The Minister outlined the background and the objective to amend the Bill. He expressed that the prevailing Act need to address the issues regarding the resignation of the Members and Commissioners of the constitutional office, which deprived qualified and…....

Opening of the 15th Session of the National Council

Posted on : 21 May 2015
The opening ceremony of the 15th Session of the National Council began with a Marchang Ceremony in the National Council Hall at 9.30 am today. In his opening address, the Chairperson, on behalf of the National Council, expressed his appreciation to Their Majesties for their valuable guidance and Counsel at all times. He paid tribute to His Majesty the King for His compassionate and exemplary deeds for His subjects, paying…....

His Excellency Park Byeong-Seug Called on the Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 19 May 2015
A five member delegation led by His Excellency Park Byeong-Seug, Member of National Assembly from the Republic of Korea, called on the Hon’ble Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan this afternoon. Welcoming the delegation, the Chairperson extended his sincere appreciation for the first parliamentary visit to Bhutan from South Korea. He said that the visit created a platform for a fruitful cooperation between Bhutan and the Republic of Korea.…....

Royal Audit Authority of Bhutan Presents its Special Audit Report on Import and Distribution of LPG and SKO to National Council of Bhutan

Posted on : 14 May 2015
As directed by the National Council of Bhutan following its 13th Session, the Royal Audit Authority carried out a special audit on the import and distribution of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and superior kerosene oil (SKO). The Auditor General reported the findings to the Economic Affairs Committee today at the Conference Hall of the National Council. The report outlined the background, objectives, scope and limitations of audit, audit methodology, findings…....

Presentation of Anti-corruption Corruption Commission’s Annual Report to Good Governance Committee of the National Council

Posted on : 04 May 2015
The Chairperson to the Anti-Corruption Commission accompanied by three officials made a comprehensive presentation on the ACC’s annual report highlighting the key issues and challenges faced while fighting corruption in the country. The meeting was coordinated by the Good Governance Committee (GGC) in preparation for the upcoming session. The Chairperson of ACC, in view of the tenure of the incumbent commission ending in mid 2015, said that her presentation entailed…....

Draft Reports on Review Policy and Legislative Issues

Posted on : 01 May 2015
The members convened for the 24th Plenary to present the status of the draft report on the review policy and legislative issues in the conference hall today to enable the members to prepare for the 15th Session of the National Council of Bhutan. As directed during the 23rd plenary, the committees circulated the draft report to the members with the status updates. The policy review reports were on the rationalization…....

Ministry of Works & Human Settlement propose the establishment of Dzongkhag and Yenlag Thromdes

Posted on : 24 April 2015
As requested by the Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC), five Officials from the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement (MoWHS) led by the Hon’ble Minister made a detailed presentation on the establishment of Dzongkhag Thromde and Dzongkhag Yenlag Thromde. The NREC, as per the directive of the House, was in the process of reviewing the bifurcation and rationalization of Gewogs and had conducted its initial meeting with the Ministry…....

Presentation by MoAF to the SCAC on Employment

Posted on : 22 April 2015
The Social and Cultural Affairs Committee (SCAC) conducted a meeting with the officials from the Ministry of Agriculture and Forest (MoAF) discussing issues and programmes that pertain to employment, this afternoon at the National Council Conference Hall. The officials made a brief presentation on the roles that MoAF undertakes in generating employment and also delved on the issues and challenges that they encounter along the way. Besides outlining the mandates,…....

Thai-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group in Bhutan

Posted on : 20 April 2015
A 15-Member delegation led by H.E. Mrs. Bilaibhan Sampatisiri, Member of the National Legislative Assembly and President of the Thai-Bhutan Parliamentary Friendship Group of Thailand called on the Hon’ble Chairperson this morning. Members of the Foreign Relations Committee and the Natural Resources & Environment Committee also attended the call on. The delegation is on a 4-day official visit to Bhutan on the invitation of the National Council of Bhutan. Welcoming…....

Submission of Committee Reports to the Plenary

Posted on : 10 April 2015
The 23rd plenary session was convened today at the Conference Hall of the National Council today. The Chairpersons of the committees reported on the progress of work they were assigned at the end of the 13th Session. The reports made and discussions held form the basis for deliberation in the 15th session. Besides, the members also discussed issues pertaining to segregation of constituencies. At the end of the presentations, the…....

Acting Director of AFPPD calls on the Hon’ble Chairperson

Posted on : 10 April 2015
Mr. John N. Hyde, Acting Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD) called on the Hon’ble Chairperson this afternoon. He was accompanied by Ms Mary Antonetie Abello, Program Specialist for South Asia Advocacy. The Hon’ble Chairperson extended a warm welcome to the Acting Director and the Program Specialist. He briefed them on the formation, mandates and distinguishing features of the National Council. He also thanked…....

Presentation to the Economic Affairs Committee by TCB and ABTO on the Draft Tourism Policy

Posted on : 07 April 2015
The Economic Affairs Committee (EAC) conducted a stakeholders meeting on the key issues on the draft tourism policy in Bhutan. The Director of the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) accompanied by several officials made a presentation on the draft tourism policy to the EAC members in the Conference Hall of the National Council in the morning, followed by a presentation by the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) at the…....

Bhutanese delegation attends 132nd General Assembly of IPU

Posted on : 30 March 2015
The National Council Chairperson is leading an 8-member delegation consisting of parliamentarians from both Houses to attend the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-parliamentary Union (IPU) in Hanoi, Vietnam from 28th March to 1st April 2015. The IPU is an international parliamentary organization founded in 1889. It brings together parliamentarians to work towards peace and cooperation among peoples. Bhutan became the 163rd member of IPU on 7 October 2013 in Geneva,…....

Presentation on Employment situation

Posted on : 27 March 2015
Five officials led by the Director of the Department of Employment, Ministry of Labor and Human Resources, made a brief presentation on the current employment situation, programmes implemented to accelerate employment growth, future plans and challenges vis-à-vis the employment policy to the Hon’ble Members in the Conference Hall of the National Council today. The presentation outlined the current and future market Scenario, employment facilities, services provided by the MoLHR, findings…....

Natural Resources & Environment Committee consults the Department of Local Government

Posted on : 20 March 2015
The Natural Resources & Environment Committee conducted a brief presentation on the gewog Reconfiguration with the Department of Local Government (DLG), MoHCA in the Conference Hall of the National Council today. The Director General of the DLG outlined the main objective, set of reconfiguration criteria, key findings, saving estimates and the recommendation based on the anticipated amendment of the Local Government Act. He also reported that as per the study…....

Presentation by Druk Holding and Investments

Posted on : 17 March 2015
The Druk Holding and Investments (DHI) made a presentation on its roles and responsibilities to the National Council, today. The presentation outlined the background of the company, the Royal Charter, DHI activities highlighting financial achievements, corporate governance initiatives, investments and private sector collaboration. It also included legislative and policy issues, transfer of state-owned-enterprises (SOEs) and the challenges faced by the company. The Honorable Members shared concerns regarding the reserved revenue…....

Workshop on Strategic Development Plan

Posted on : 13 March 2015
The National Council Secretariat conducted a one-day workshop today to brainstorm on the SWOT (Strength, Weakness, Opportunity & Threat) analysis done on the Secretariat by the staff with the help of a Local Consultant. The Consultant also made a comprehensive presentation on the framework and strategic objectives to prepare a Strategic Development Plan for the National Council. The exercise is being carried out with the support of UNDP to come…....

NC reviews progress of Committee works

Posted on : 12 March 2015
Almost all the Members of the National Council are back in office after the visit to their constituencies. The Hon’ble Thrizin, today, convened a plenary meeting of the House to review implementation of the decisions of its previous meeting and check the progress of works assigned to the various committees after the 14th session. The meeting also provided an opportunity to the committees to seek further guidance and directives from…....

Thrizin's visit to Paro

Posted on : 11 March 2015
Between 28th February to 10th March 2015, the Hon’ble Thrizin of the National Council of Bhutan, accompanied by Hon’ble Kaka Tshering, Member of the National Council from Paro Dzongkhag, visited seven Gewogs of Paro Dzongkhag and met with Gups, Mangmis, Tshogpas and representatives of over 1500 households. During the visit, the Hon’ble Chairperson talked about the five important national concerns, namely: the importance of maintaining the sovereignty of the nation…....

Egypt Ambassador calls on the Deputy Chairperson

Posted on : 06 March 2015
The Ambassador-designated of Egypt to Bhutan, H.E Hatem Elsayed Mohamed Tageldin called on the Deputy Chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan, today. The Deputy Chairperson, on behalf of the National Council, welcomed the ambassador who is on his first visit to Bhutan. He said that his visit would further strengthen the existing relations between the two countries on diplomatic and bi-lateral front. The Ambassador said that Egypt would be…....

Legislative Drafting Training

Posted on : 05 March 2015
Bhutan became a democratic constitutional monarchy with the adoption of the Constitution in 2008. The Constitution provides for separation of powers between the three arms of the State. As a legislative body, Parliament is primarily responsible for initiating, drafting and passing laws. Being new in the system, however, both members and staff of the Bhutanese Parliament lack the necessary training and skills in drafting legislations. Therefore, to enhance the capacity…....

Field visit to Hydropower Projects

Posted on : 04 March 2015
Hydropower or the energy sector plays a vital role in the economy as the single most contributor of revenue to the national exchequer. Considering its importance, the National Council recently established an Ad hoc Committee to undertake a review of the hydropower policies, plans and programmes. The committee is directed to submit a report of its findings to the House in the coming session. A series of consultative meetings were…....

Council Members receive National Awards

Posted on : 18 December 2014
On 17th December 2014, His Majesty the King awarded the National Order of Merit (Gold) to Thrizin (Dr.) Sonam Kinga and Bura Marp to Hon Tashi Wangyel of the National Council of Bhutan coinciding with the 107th National Day celebrations held in Kanglung, Trashigang. They were given the awards in recognition of their potential and contributions to the nation and the people. On this most happy occasion, members and staff…....
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