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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|October 13, 2022||[ODA Loan Project] Construction works of Rural Electrification Project has been completed.|
|October 4, 2022||[Technical Cooperation Projects] Integrated Temperate Fruit Crops Promotion Project held a series of Smallholder Horticulture Empowerment and Promotion (SHEP) workshops in Bhutan|
|September 2, 2022||The inauguration of a new fabrication laboratory (FabLab) was held at the College of Science and Technology (CST), Royal University of Bhutan in Phuentsholing.|
|August 29, 2022||Message from the Chief Representative|
|September 27, 2022||Signing of Grant Agreement with Bhutan: Contributing to the strengthening of infectious disease measures in Bhutan through the construction of a hospital specializing in such diseases and the provision of medical equipment|
|May 25, 2022||Signing of Japanese ODA Loan Agreement with Bhutan: Budgetary support with COVID-19 crisis response in Bhutan|
|September 17, 2020||JICA President Kitaoka held talks with Bhutanese Prime Minister Lotay (online meeting)|
|August 4, 2020||Preventing violence against women and children during times of crisis: NCWC of Bhutan and JICA promote awareness through the Bhutan Broadcasting Service|
|July 2, 2020||[Ex-participants fighting COVID-19] Nepal and Bhutan: Sharing knowledge via online platforms and utilizing networks to overcome the crisis across borders|