Monday, 18 August 2008

Bhutan : Austria commits Nu. 31 million for local government support programmes

August 16: The Austrian government has committed over Nu. 31 million for capacity development of the local government support programmes for the next two years.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission Karma Tshiteem and the Resident Coordinator of the Austrian Coordination Office Mr. Christian Maza.

The Agreement was signed at the Tashichhodzong earlier yesterday morning.

Secretary of GNH Commission said there is a need for capacity development of the local governments in Bhutan.

Karma Tshiteem said the Austrian contribution will go a long way in strengthening the capacities at the local level.

Resident Coordinator of the Austrian Development Cooperation and Counselor of the Austrian Embassy, Mr. Christian Maza said Austria will continue its support in tourism and energy. He said Good Governance and Civil Society will be the third priority sector of cooperation.

Speaking to BBS the Resident Coordinator said a further commitment will be made after two years to support the ongoing process of democratization and to strengthen civil society.

No comments: