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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.

Office Information
JICA Bhutan Office
Level1, Royal Textile Academy(RTA), Chhubachhu
Post Box 217, Thimphu 11001

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What's New

September 13, 2022 Training of "SHEP" Approach as Market-oriented Agriculture Promotion has started in collaboration with Integrated Temperate Fruit Crops Promotion Project
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
June 30, 2022 [Technical Cooperation Project] Integrated Temperate Fruit Crops Promotion Project held a study tour with counter parts officers
June 1, 2022 Signing of Minutes of Discussions on the Preparatory Survey for the Project for Construction of Royal Centre for Infectious Diseases (RCID)

News & Features

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
December 6, 2019 Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation Project with Bhutan: Support for developing new technical educational models through the introduction of digital fabrication technology and open innovation

More on JICA's Activities in Bhutan


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