Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Bhutan : Seminar to commemorate 20 years of Thai-Bhutan friendship

April 28: The Royal Thai Embassy in Dhaka, the Royal Thai Consulate in Thimphu and the Royal Government of Bhutan organized a seminar to commemorate 20 years of friendship between Bhutan and Thailand today.

Her Royal Highness Ashi Chimi Yangzom Wangchuck was the chief guest at the seminar.

Bhutan and Thailand established bilateral relations in 1989. Since then, the people of Bhutan and Thailand have enjoyed close friendship. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this friendship, Bhutan and Thailand organized a seminar on Gross National Happiness and self sufficiency economy.

In the opening speech, the Thai Ambassador to Bhutan Mr. Chalermpol Thanchitt highlighted the similarities between Bhutan and Thailand including the deep reverence the people have for their Monarchs and the love and devotion of the Monarchs for their people.

The Foreign Affairs Minister Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering said His Majesty the Fourth Druk Gyalpo’s philosophy of Gross National Happiness and the concept of self sufficiency economy propounded by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej are testimonies of the great wisdom of the two Monarchs.

He said the development cooperation between the two Kingdoms have made significant contributions in human resource, education, medicine and tourism over the last 20 years.

The Former Thai Foreign Minister Dr. Tej Bunnag gave a talk on the development activities instituted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadeji of Thailand

The director of the centre for Bhutan studies Dasho Karma Ura made a presentation on Gross National Happiness. The seminar also saw discussions on bilateral development cooperation between the two countries.

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