Business: Expanding their services to six eastern districts of the country, Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOiC) will open its regional office in Trashigang on February 5.

Trade and economic affairs minister Norbu Wangchuk will launch the opening at the Trashigang middle secondary school.

However, the regional office will be located at the lower market in Trashigang and the office will remain open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

BOiC’s chief executive officer Karma Tshering, in the press release, said, the BOiC head office in Thimphu is overwhelmed with applications from interested proponents, especially from the east.

“The interested applicants are facing difficulties in trying to access our services,” he said. “To ease such constrains, we have decided to take our services to Trashigang to cater to the six eastern dzongkhags.”

A BOiC press release states that the regional office is also established to allow better coordination and cooperation between BOiC and its clients, and also to allow both the parties to increase their domain of action within the BOiC mandates, in particular at the rural and at regional level.

The regional office will act as a one-stop centre for information on business opportunities in the country, business start-up protocol, extant business laws and rules and regulations. It will also extend financial support accordingly to deserving manufacturing projects and non-formal commercial sector, provide training programmes to develop practical business skills of potential entrepreneurs, and help them come up with effective business plans to ensure initial success.

BOiC was established on December 19, 2013, as a time-bound autonomous agency to promote the growth of cottage and small manufacturing activities and non-formal rural activities in the country.

By Thinley Zangmo