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Thimphu Tech Park launches Centre of Excellence for Software Engineering

Feb 22, 2020

In a move towards building professional capacity in software engineering and to export services, Thimphu Tech Park launched the Centre of Excellence for Software Engineering.

It was launched yesterday in line with His Majesty’s vision of using technology to solve problems.

The centre of excellence will be within the IT services department of Thimphu Tech Park and will be manned by 25 professionals. The Chairman of Druk Holding and Investments said the launch is timely as the government has decided to outsource two big software development projects to DHI. And DHI has tasked Thimphu Tech Park to undertake the projects. The two projects are Bhutan Integrated Taxation System and Health Information System.

“Thimphu Tech Park on behalf of the group headed by DHI shall undertake these projects, take advantage of the opportunity to build much-aspired excellence and professional capacity in software engineering within the region which is needed,” said Dasho Ugen Chewang, the Chairman of DHI.

The engagement of Thimphu Tech Park in these projects is expected to build capacity. In the past, big software projects were usually outsourced to foreign IT firms.

“Initially our aim is to be in a state, in a situation where the country no longer needs services of external consultants in all areas of IT, not only in the companies of DHI but I am talking about the government. And even in the private sector, we don’t need the consultancy services. This is the ideal situation we are looking at. And gradually build the competency of people and go regional, go to India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Myanmar,” Dasho added.

Thimphu Tech Park Limited, a DHI owned company is the country’s first IT park established in 2012.

Sonam Pem

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