Jigmi Wangdi

The National Day Coordination Committee (NDCC) launched the activities in the run up to the National Day on December 4. 

The NDCC chairperson, Home Minister Ugyen Dorji said that the National Day holds great significance as it is being celebrated for the first time since the end of Covid-19 pandemic. 

“The celebrations this year will also mark our victory over the pandemic. Our country was able to overcome the pandemic owing to His Majesty’s undying efforts, our people’s devotion to His Majesty and the unity of our people,” Lyonpo said. 

The celebrations beginning at the Thimphu TechPark focus on youth entrepreneurship in digital technology. “This is because of His Majesty The King’s vision of the youth being the future of the country.”

“The celebrations have major significance for our youth as His Majesty has always stressed the importance of a digitally capable society and the role our youth have in shaping the country’s future,”  Lyonpo said. 

Lyonpo said that the Jigme Namgyel Wangchuck (JNW) super fab lab at the Thimphu TechPark holds great importance. “There are only four super fab labs around the world and because of His Majesty’s vision, we have one here in Bhutan.”

An official from the NDCC said that the event aims to bring together youths with skills in digital technology. “We want the youth to work together to bring common ideas to life and hone their abilities further.”

The committee’s intention is to give the public a sense of the country’s future when they join the celebrations. “We hope our younger generation will come to the event so that they can learn about the technological aspects of the event,” Lyonpo Ugyen Dorji said. 

The event at the Thimphu TechPark began yesterday and will end on December 9.

Between December 10 and 17, there will be a CSI and food fair. 

An official from the NDCC said that 90 percent of the people exhibiting their products are all from different dzongkhags. “We will have DeSuung Skilling Project’s food stalls, entertainment, game zones, and other activities,” he said. “We will also be showcasing authentic foods from every dzongkhag.”

The official added that the focus is to promote youth entrepreneurs around the country and their products. This will also allow people to meet and interact with young start-ups and entrepreneurs.

The event will also hold entrepreneurship awards, product launches, tech displays and demonstrations, outdoor film screenings and host finales of reality shows.