Background

Round Table Meeting (RTM) is the highest forum for policy dialogue and aid coordination between the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) and its development partners. It also provides an opportunity for the RGoB and the it's development partners to review and discuss issues of mutual interest to further strengthen socio-economic development cooperation ties.

RTM is held twice during the five year plan period. The first RTM, prior to the launch of the new Five Year Plan, is held to sensitize development partners on Bhutan’s development strategies, priorities and programmes over the next five year and the second RTM, mid-way through the implementation of the current Five Year Plan, is held to review progress and make necessary adjustments and also to reprioritize the Five Year Plan programmes.

Bhutan is currently in midst of implementation of its 10th Five Year Plan. The 10th Five Year Plan, which started on 1st July 2008 ends on 30th June 2013, and is critical to Bhutan as it is the first five year plan to be implemented after the introduction of democracy in the country and under the leadership of newly elected government. The success of the plan will provide a strong foundation and impetus for parliamentary democracy in Bhutan.

Therefore, the 11th RTM to be held on 1st and 2nd September 2011 at Thimphu is of particular significance. The 11th RTM aims at achieving the following objectives:
  • Update on the democratization process in the country;
  • Information and discussion on the Road map for the 11th Five Year Plan.


The 11th RTM in Thimphu will also provide development partners an opportunity to make on-the-ground-assessment of Bhutan’s socio-economic development progress and challenges faced through field visits in and around Thimphu and nearby Dzongkhags (Districts). As in the past, participation at the highest level is expected from bilateral and multilateral development partners and international financial institutions in the 11th RTM.

The 11th RTM will be co-chaired by Lyonpo Yeshey Zimba, Minister, Ministry of Works and Human Settlement and H. E. Mr. Ajay Chhibber UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific