Bhutan role model for world: Johannes Binder

Diplomacy: Bhutan has vast potential to serve as a role model for the world in diverse fields such as sustainable tourism and alternative energy in the region, according to the new Resident Representative (RR) of Austria to Bhutan Johannes Binder.

The RR said Bhutan has proven its potential in the context of sustainable environment policy and on making available and popular the broader socioeconomic and spiritual concept of GNH.

He said that he greatly appreciates Bhutan’s internationally aligned and “broad foreign policy”. “Bhutan’s foreign policy is similar to that of Austria. A small country could make an impact on the international level,” he said.

“I would not as a guest and Austrian representative here in your country, comment on the country’s foreign policy,” he added. The two countries have maintained excellent diplomatic relationship since 1989, as well as excellent Austrian-Bhutanese development partnership.

“We are looking forward to fostering these relations, maybe even enforce our inputs and achieve more outputs in the socio economic dimension with hindsight to sustainable development,” he said.

The year 2014 marked the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. He said there are established networks between Austrian and Bhutanese vocational training institutes and universities.

The RR said that the two countries are in the process of strengthening collaboration between faculties of the universities and academic institutions of the two countries, especially in the field of law, construction and development.

“We believe that investment in education, job qualifications, know-how networks on various executive and judicial administrative levels will serve best the young democracy and the current and future generation in Bhutan,” he said.

He said that that Bhutan could gain much from exchanging experiences with Austria in socioeconomic and political terms. “Austria supports Bhutan in its processes towards democratization and a pluralistic society,” he said. “Judicial reform and also civil society development support are entry points for these processes.”

He added that rise in domestic agricultural products and their value chains could help Bhutan reduce imports and achieve higher level of self-sufficiency and food security.

He said: “We will invite Austrian Chamber of Commerce missions next year to Bhutan to explore other the fields of cooperation.”

MB Subba

3 replies
  1. nobs
    nobs says:

    “Bhutan will be a model for the world” blah blah blah. Too bad he didn’t start by talking about the spectacular landing at Paro as do all the other gushing fluff pieces about Bhutan.

  2. buzzibear
    buzzibear says:

    It’s really quite embarrassing. Bhutanese are still so need of self affirmation that any time some foreigner says something good about Bhutan, an entire article is written on it Kuensel, the main government newspaper. It used to be like that 20 years ago when Bhutan was an obscure country that not many people knew about. However that isn’t really the case now.
    Foreigners when they are visiting Bhutan, will always say good things about Bhutan, just like they will say good things about whatever country they are visiting. It is just a mere formality and part of the duties of being a decent, diplomatic person. It doesn’t necessarily mean they really believe in what they are saying. The fact that supposedly more ‘educated’ Bhutanese are running main government backed newspaper still haven’t realized this and continue to put these kind of fluff pieces every time some obscure foreigner comes in says something nice, is just mind boggling.

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