IRS |Institute of Regional Studies


Contemporary Regional Developments in Bhutan

5th - 13th February
  • Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh to be part of India’s tiger census.
  • Adding another feather to 50 years of diplomatic relations, Bhutan opened its second consulate office in eastern India on February 2, 2018 at Panjabari in Guwahati, Assam. Prime Minister of Bhutan Tshering Tobgay, who attended the Global Investors Summit 2018 hosted by Assam, was present at the inaugural ceremony. The office was inaugurated jointly by Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji and Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal.
    (The Diplomat; 8.2.2018)
30th Jan - 4th February
  • Bhutan has set up a consulate office in Guwahati becoming second country after Bangladesh to set up office in Assam. Prime Minister of Bhutan, Dasho Tshering Tobgay on 3rd February said that India is not big brother to Bhutan but it is older sibling while Bhutan is younger sibling. Tobgay who was in Guwahati on Saturday while addressing the inaugural session of Advantage Assam - Global Investors Summit 2018, in Guwahati said that the India and Bhutan shares a great bonding and friendship. He said, "India is not a big brother to us, it older sibling and we are younger sibling."
    (Economic Times, India Times)
  • Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay urged foreign investors to explore investment opportunities in Bhutan while speaking at the “Advantage Assam – Global Investors’ Summit, 2018” in Guwahati, Assam.Hundreds of business leaders including the Chief Managing Director of Reliance Industries Ltd, Mukesh Ambani, TATA Sons Chairman N. Chandrasekaran and Patanjali CEO Acharya Balakrishna attended the business summit. Addressing the gathering at the same programme, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Bhutan for opening the consulate in Guwahati and expressed hope that it would enhance connectivity and trade in the region.“I am happy to learn that the Royal Government of Bhutan has opened Bhutanese Consulate in Guwahati,” PM Modi said.