Thimphu, Bhutan, 23 October 2013 – The Officiating Secretary, GNH Commission and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative for Bhutan have this morning signed a Country Programming ramework (CPF) that confirms their collaboration for the next five years.
The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB), represented by Thinley Namgay, Officiating Secretary, GNHC and Somsak Pipoppinyo, the new FAO Representative to the country, took part in the ceremonial signing. In welcoming the new FAO Representative, the Officiating Secretary noted that the FAO of the United Nations has been a reliable partner with RGoB for more than three decades. Somsak reciprocated by thanking the Royal Government of Bhutan for its warm hospitality.
The RGoB and FAO have worked closely together during the past few months in jointly identifying the priorities that the latter, under its technical areas of expertise, could best support the country’s development plans. These priorities have been utilized to formulate the CPF aligning with the Eleventh Plan (2014-18). Bhutan’s CPF is the first fully integrated results-based programmatic approach of FAO’s assistance to the government. The Officiating Secretary requested that the new Representative would also seek to go beyond the terms of the CPF in helping the government implement its various other development strategies in the Eleventh Plan. Of which, some of the important ones included fishery, farm mechanisation, improving cereal sufficiency and human wildlife conflict.
On behalf of FAO, Somsak saidthe Office would indeed look at opportunities to expand assistance to Bhutan through the partnership and close collaboration with the Government. In order to avail of FAO’s assistance, and ensure the best results, a continuous two-way dialogue and action-orientated approach would be needed. He then thanked the agriculture
ministry for leading the CPF formulation process.
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