Bhutan and Japan signs exchange notes

For Project on Human Resource Development Scholarships

Ambassador of Bhutan to Japan V. Namgyel

Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan Satoshi Suzuki

Sonam Penjor

The Ambassador of Bhutan to Japan V. Namgyel and Ambassador of Japan to Bhutan Satoshi Suzuki signed the Exchange of Notes for the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship on 27 May in New Delhi.

According to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government of Japan will provide a grant of Yen 177-million to the Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) to support nine Master’s and one PhD courses for young government officials in Japanese universities. Candidates for the courses will be selected in September 2021.

It states that the Project for Human Development Scholarship provides full scholarship with the objective to support human resource development and to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.

The Royal Civil Service Commission (RCSC) has identified four key areas for the scholarship courses which comprises of agricultural and rural development; industrial foundation development; infrastructure development for sustainable economic growth; and counter measures for climate change and disaster risk management.

The press release also states that high-quality human resource is the key to the economic and social development of a nation. As such, enhancing the knowledge and qualification of Bhutanese government officials in the four key areas identified by the RCSC would enhance the capacity of the civil service to contribute to Bhutan’s socio-economic development.

The press release further states that the Government of Japan has been generously supporting Bhutan in many different areas, such as agriculture, telecommunications, rural electrification, construction of bridges, building of schools, providing fire engines, police patrol cars, compactor trucks, ambulances, and medical equipment and farm machinery.

The RGoB also deeply appreciates the recent support received from the Government of Japan to fight against the spread of Covid-19.

Meanwhile, this is the fourth Exchange of Notes signed for the Project for Human Resource Development Scholarship. The first Exchange of Notes for the project was signed in 2018 in Thimphu coinciding with the visit of the Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono to Bhutan.

Currently, ten government officials from various agencies are undergoing Master’s and PhD courses in Japanese universities. Like all the other projects supported by the Government of Japan till date, this project too would strengthen the excellent bonds of friendship, understanding, and cooperation that exist between Bhutan and Japan.

Ambassador V. Namgyel conveyed the deep appreciation of the Government and People of Bhutan to the Government and People of Japan for their steadfast and generous support to Bhutan’s socio-economic development for many years, and for their assurances of continued support in the years ahead.