Staff Reporter 

The National Statistics Bureau (NSB) and the World Bank (WB) launched the Bhutan Interactive Data Portal (BIDP), redesigned NSB website, and a new NSB mobile app on February 1.

The new mobile application is expected to expand access to  timely statistics and improve evidence-based decision-making, and promote a data-driven culture in Bhutan.

BIDP features more than 1,000 statistical indicators on Bhutan where the data is organised under eight different themes of population, welfare, social conditions, economy and industries, energy and environment, infrastructure and transport, agriculture, and the digital economy.

A press release from the WB stated the data portal can be used for a variety of purposes to gain insights into the Bhutanese economy and population, and to promote a data-driven culture.

It stated interactive maps and graphs allow users to view and compare different indicators over time or compare between different dzongkhags helping researchers and policymakers to easily access and understand indicators. “The content of the portal will be expanded gradually to fill the gaps,”

The NSB website was redesigned to improve user experience through data visualisation. The reports and data published by NSB can be accessed and downloaded in multiple formats with online service for data request, survey clearances, and request for survey solution server.

“The mobile app will provide easy access to the interactive data portal and the website will provide access to all the publications, posts, and services hosted on the website.”

Director of NSB Chhime Tshering and the acting Resident Representative of WB Bhutan, Tenzin Lhaden, launched the BIDP and the website. It was funded by WB.