Stakeholders come together to take Bhutan’s transport policy to the next level

Jun 27, 2017

Consultations ongoing

Tuesday, 27 June, 2017: Bhutan has been an early mover in its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and the only carbon negative country in the world. However, this is just the beginning as the government is now working on taking it to the next level.

Gracing a day-long consultation on the need to revise the national transport policy, Dasho Karma W Penjor, the Secretary of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) stressed that the importance of adopting stringent application of rules and regulations.

Dasho highlighted that one of the key initiatives to keep Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in check is to promote use of electric/hybrid, recently taken up by the ministry with support from United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility cars that has been initiated by the ministry. He also expressed that the ministry will promote environment-friendly transport across public and private transportation services.

The revised national transport policy will address alternative modes of transport and Non-Motorized Transport and decongestion in urban areas. He added that while several other one-on-one and core team consultations have been completed, this is the second wider consultation with participants from government, airline companies, insurance companies, private sector, Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators, international organizations, Corporations, Civil Society Organizations, Disabled Person Association of Bhutan, Association of Bhutanese Industries, and the taxi association.

The final draft policy will also address eight out of the 17 SDG goals. It will promote private sector engagement through Public Private Partnership and also improve overall transport systems.

The MoIC Secretary added that the final draft policy and the policy protocol report has been uploaded on the MoIC website (http://www.moic.gov.bt/en/informationinviting-suggestions-on-the-second-draft-transport-policy-2017-policy-protocol-report/) for feedback and comments. The ministry invites additional feedback from key stakeholders and private individuals.

Dasho thanked all the participants for making the one-day consultation participatory and engaging. This will be further followed up through a core team consultation with multi-sector task force members on June 28 and a high-level consultation meeting scheduled on 30 June. This effort is supported by the UNDP LECB project funded by EU, BMU-Germany and UNDP. 

For further information, contact;

pushkar.chhetri@undp.org