Rotary club conference to conclude today

Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay welcomes 169 Rotarians from eight countries who are taking part in a three day conference on ‘Responsible Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development’, in Thimphu on Friday.

Rinzin Lhamo

Several important topics are being discussed and shared by leaders at the ongoing rotary club conference that started in Thimphu on 17 February.

The conference, which aims at providing inter-national platform for learning and sharing of the knowledge and experience of Rotary and Rotarians around the world is also discussing and sharing sustainable development.

The conference is organized by Rotary Club of Thimphu (RCT).

The Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay graced the opening ceremony of the three-day conference in the capital.

The three days confer-ence is also having many other Bhutanese and international speakers presenting on various top-ics related to the theme: responsible entrepreneur-ship towards sustainable development. In the opening ceremony, Lyonchen said that sustainability has become fashionable these days. “It is indeed a good thing,” he said. “Living and enjoying in the present with no regards to the future is not responsible.” He said just as people have inherited earth, its bountiful resources and culture from our ancestor, we must pass it on to our future generation. “The only way to pass it on to our future genera-tion is through sustain-ability” he added. Lyonchoen also de-liberated on the social, economic and environ-mental sustainability of the country. Political sustainabil-ity is seen as one of the most important parts of sustainability. Lyonchen said, “Without political government sustainability there is no guarantee that other aspects of sustain-ability will indeed be sustainable.” On the first day of the conference, the former Chief Justice of Bhutan, Lyonpo Sonam Tobgay stressed on the change in Bhutan’s legal system. He said that justice has been a human solution and it is a civilizing norm. Similarly, former DHI chairman, Lyonpo Om Pradhan highlighted about responsible entrepreneurship in serving humanity and the planet. Today, there will be discussions on waste management, role of environmental conservation in Gross National Happiness (GNH), United Nation (UN) sustainable development goals and youth and entrepreneurship in Bhutan. With the conference, RCT also aims to seek partnership to undertake future service projects in Bhutan. Rotary is a global net-work of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, an problem-solvers in over 200 countries, who comes together to make positive and lasting change in the communities at home and abroad. Ever since its establishment, the club has undertaken and supported more than 32 different projects worth more than US $260,000 in the area of health, education and agriculture.

The President of the RCT, Tshewang Rinzin said, “The club aspires to contribute to the Bhutanese society and have faith and the courage to make a difference.” “Our actions are visible as we have made difference in the lives of hundreds of Bhutanese.” RCT was established in April 2012 by the Member of Parliament Yeshey Zimba and the President of Rotary International, Rotarian Kalyan Banerjee (2011-2012). Since its establishment, the club has gradually fulfilled the Rotary motto of ‘Service above Self’. The Club is managed and owned by 19 Bhutanese members that undertake efforts to enhance local and global impact as a Public Benefit Organization.

Around 170 Rotarians and their spouses from 10 different countries like Bru-nei, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Romania, Singapore, and Thailand along with the Bhutanese Rotarians are attending the conference. The conference will end tomorrow with the visit to some of RCT’s services project.