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Bhutan is a landlocked country with a population of about 700,000 located at the eastern tip of the Himalayas Mountain Range. The country is known for its commitment to a fundamental concept of increasing the population's Gross National Happiness (GNH). The concept aims to create a society that peoples can live with feeling happiness not only focusing on economic growth.

Over the past five years, Bhutan's GDP growth rate has averaged 9.3%, achieving high economic growth based on a large supply of hydropower utilizing the country's abundant water resources. The per capita GNI in 2011 was US $2,130, which is the level of middle-income countries. On the other hand, a variety of challenges have emerged in recent years due to the rapid pace of urbanization such as managing the urban environment, job creation, regional disparities and the vulnerability of the economic foundation.

Based on the priority areas of the government of Bhutan, JICA is focusing aid programs on four main sectors: (1) agricultural and rural village development, (2) economic infrastructure development, (3) social development, and (4) strengthening governance.

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JICA Bhutan Office
Bhutan Office
Doybum Lam
Post Box 217, Thimphu 11001

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September 22, 2017 JICA Executive Senior Vice President visits Bhutan
September 13, 2017 Monthly Newsletter
September 12, 2017 Activities in Bhutan
September 11, 2017 Signing of Record of Discussions for the Project on Power System Master Plan 2040
September 8, 2017 Closing Seminar for Project for Development of National Geo-Spatial Data in Bhutan, Bilateral Annual Consultation 2017 and Outline of Activities

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