Programme for the 11th Round Table Meeting (RTM)

Wednesday, 31st August
09:00-17:00 Registration at the Protocol Desks in the Hotels 
18:30 Reception by Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Jigmi Yoezer Thinley
Venue: Convention Center
 Thursday, 1st September
08:30-09:00 Registration
09:00-09:15 Inaugural Ceremony
09:15-09:35  Inaugural Address by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bhutan, Lyonchhen Jigmi Yoezer Thinley
09:35-09:50  Statement by Mr. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary-General , UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific – Co-Chair of the RTM
09:50-10:15 Group photograph followed by refreshments
Morning Session:
Chaired by H.E  Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific – Co-Chair of the RTM
10:15-10:20 Introductory remarks by the Chair
10:20-10:35 Statement by H.E. Cheick Sidi Diarra, UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Africa and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS)
10:35- 10:55 Overview of Bhutan’s Development Challenges – Consultant
10:55-11:15 Outcome of the 10th Plan Mid-Term Review – Secretary, GNH Commission
11:15-12:45 Discussion
13:00  Lunch
Afternoon Session:
Chaired by H.E. Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister-in-Charge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Co-Chair of the RTM
14:30-14:35 Introductory remarks by the Chair
14:35-15:30 Panel Discussion on the Status of the Democratization Process in Bhutan:
  • Keynote statement by President, Center for Bhutan Studies
  • Brief remarks by Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of Bhutan
  • Brief remarks by Chairperson, Anti-Corruption Commission
  • Brief remarks by Media representative (Editor, Business Bhutan)
15:30-16:30 Discussion and conclusion of afternoon session
16:30-17:00 Refreshments
17:00-18:30 Launch the 2011 Bhutan National Human Development Report “Sustaining Progress: Rising to the Climate Challenge” and screening of the documentary film “Revealed: Himalayan Meltdown” ( click here to see separate programme)
19:00 Dinner hosted by H.E. Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister-in-Charge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement
Venue: Raven House
Firday, 2nd September
Morning Session:
Chaired by H.E. Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister-in-Charge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Co-Chair of the RTM
09:00-09:05  Introductory remarks by the Chair
09:05-09:35 Update on Bhutan’s Macro-Economic Framework
  • Budget Policy and Fiscal Framework System – Secretary, Ministry of Finance
  • Economic Development Policy, Foreign Direct Investment and Private Sector Development – Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs
09:35-10:10 Discussion
10:10-10:25 Operationalizing GNH: Policy Screening Tools and Indicators – GNH Commission
10:25-11:00 Discussion
11:00-11:30 Refreshments
11:30-11:45 Road Map for the 11th Five-Year Plan – GNH Commission
11:45-12:15 Discussion
12:15-13:00 Statements by Development Partners
13:00 Lunch
Afternoon Session:
Chaired by H.E. Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister-in-Charge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, Co-Chair of the RTM
14:30-14:35 Introductory remarks by the Chair
14:35-16:00 Statements by Development Partners
16:00-16:30 Refreshments
Concluding Session:
16:30-16:40 Concluding Statement by H.E. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant-Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific – Co-Chair of the RTM
16:40-16:50 Concluding Statement by H.E. Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister-in-Charge, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Minister, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement – Co-Chair of the RTM
17:30-18:00 Media encounters for the RTM Co-Chairs
19:00 Dinner hosted by H.E. Ajay Chhibber, UN Assistant Secretary-General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director, Asia and the Pacific
Venue: Taj Tashi Hotel
Saturday, 3rd Septmeber
Day Field Trips
The following day field trips to places out of Thimphu are available.Please sign up at the conference secretariat.
Tour Package I : Chhukha Hydro Power Corporation (CHPC)
0800 Leave for Chhukha
 1100 Arrive Chhukha
Visit CHPC Dam Site
Visit the Power House
1300 Lunch at Chukha Guest House
1400 Leave for Paro
1700 Arrive at Paro Overnight at Olathang Hotel
Tour Package II: Paro
0800 Leave for Paro
0930 Check-in at Olathang Hotel
1000 Drive to Ramthangkha
1030 Hike to Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
1300 Arrive at Taktshang Cafeteria Lunch
1400 Hike to Taktshang Monastery
11430 Arrive at Taktshang Monastery Visit the Monastery
1500  Return to Ramthangkha
1630 Drive to hotel Enroute visit Kyichu Temple    
Tour Package III : Local sightseeing in Thimphu
Option I
0900 Drive to Sangay Gang to get the view of Thimphu City (visit Takin zoo, Bhutan’s national animal)
1000 Visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine Services
1100 Visit the Folk Heritage Museum
1200 Visit the Textile Museum Visit Handicrafts Emporium
1300 Lunch in the hotel
1400 Leave for Paro
1530 Arrive at Hotel Olathang
1600 Visit Kyichu Temple
1700 Drive to Drukgyel Dzong    
Option II
Drive to Dochula Pass to view the mountain ranges and Druk Wangyel Chortens
Option III
Trek to Tango Monastery

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