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Progress encouraging, says PM

Jan 22, 2011

The Prime Minister Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y. Thinley described the progress of Accelerating Bhutan’s Socio-economic Development Project encouraging and heartening. He was speaking at the third quarter review meeting on Thursday.

He congratulated all those involved and urged them to continue with the same enthusiasm and degree of commitment to ensure that the targets are achieved well before the end of 2012.

The review meeting looked at the progress of 77 initiatives in five sectors and five public services under the project.

The initiative was introduced to accelerate the pace of socio economic development by improving efficiency and effectiveness of public service delivery and exploring potential for job creation.

Speaking to the media after the meeting, Lyonchhoen Jigmi Y. Thinley said most activities are on track and wherever they were falling behind, explanations were heard.

Talking about job creation, which is one of the major goals of the project, he said the goal of not having an unemployment rate exceeding 2.5 percent by 2012 will be achieved.

In the construction sector, he said Nu. 430 million will have been saved from procurement of construction materials like cement, bitumen and steel for government construction during the 10th Five Year Plan period.

This money will cover the fee for McKinsey, the consultant for the project.

“Four hundred thirty million there with the possibility of another 55 million to 120 million savings in the area of other forms of procurement including office equipment, travel, supplies, printing and publications and so on,” he said.

Touching on public service delivery, the PM said he was pleased to note that the delivery of health services, in particular the waiting time for outpatients have been reduced by about 30 percent to 60 percent.

He informed the media that it is their target to increase tourist arrival to 100,000 by 2012.

“Last year our target was 35,000 and against that we actually have achieved a figure of 41,000 arrivals, which is again very impressive and that sector alone has created an addition of 2,600 jobs for instance in the past year.”

Present at the press conference were cabinet ministers, secretaries and sector heads.

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