Bhutan-Netherlands Annual Consultation Meeting

The fourth and the final Bhutan-Netherlands Annual Consultation Meeting for the 10th FYP is to be held on 11th July, 2012 in Bumthang. The annual consultation meeting is being conducted as per the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the Kingdom of Bhutan and the Kingdom of The Netherlands in August 2008.

As per the MoU, The Netherlands Government committed Euro 10 million in the form of General Budget Support. The Netherlands will base the actual support on the progress attained in the implementation of the 10th FYP. Progress will be measured through the agreed performance indicators related to the following two themes:

  • Transition towards Parliamentary Democracy and Local Governance and
  • Human Resources Development with a focus on Health and Education

For the effective implementation of the program, the two Governments had agreed to meet on an annual basis to discuss the implementation progress of the 10th Plan. During this annual consultations, the RGoB, represented by the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC) will present a concise overview of the progress in the above two areas, based on indicators submitted at the start of the 10th plan. Therefore, in the meeting on 11th July, the presentations have been made on the status of 10th Plan key targets for central agencies and local governance by GNHC, status of HRD implementation by RCSC and status of local governance at the indicator level by Department of Local Governance.

The meeting was jointly chaired by Secretary, GNHC and H.E Ambassador Bob Hiensch. The formal diplomatic relations between the kingdoms of the Netherlands and Bhutan was established in 1985. Long before the inception of this formal diplomatic tie, Bhutan received Dutch assistance through multilateral agencies as early as 1974.

The total contribution of Euros 10,000,000 will in principle be transferred in five instalments of two million Euros (EUR 2,000,000) annually. As of date, we have received four instalment amounting to Euro 8 million and the final instalment of Euro 2 million will be transferred very shortly.

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