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.
|December 1, 2020||"We are One" we can go forward together|
|November 27, 2020||[Technical Cooperation Projects] Project on Mineral Resources Development Plan in Bhutan held the 3rd Joint Coordination Committee.|
|October 13, 2020||Project on Mineral Resources Development Plan in Bhutan held an online stakeholder meeting.|
|August 7, 2020||JICA signs project for medical education|
|May 15, 2020||Training on Gender-responsive Project Cycle Management|
|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|
|March 28, 2019||JICA Experts, Back in Japan, Are Granted an Audience with Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, Princess Mako and Princess Kako on March 8|