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CPSC Membership

Partner Ministry/Organization Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labor and Human Resource (MoLHR)
Liaison Officer Mr. Sangye Chewang
Officiating Director General
Department of SAARC and Regional Organizations
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Thimphu, Bhutan
Recent Programs Held in the Country 2016: In-Country Program on TVET Pathways to Sustainable Development. October 17-21, 2016
2015: In-Country Program and National Seminar on Entrepreneurship Education. October 5-9, 2015. 2014: In-Country Program on Image-Building of TVET. October 7-11, 2014
2013: In-Country Program on Developing Generic Skills for Employment Mobility. October 7-11, 2013.
2011: Special In-Country Program on Developing Champion Leaders for Skills Development for Poverty Alleviation. August 22-25, 2011.
2011: In-Country Program on Total Quality Management for TVET. April 5-9, 2011.
Ambassador N/A
Address of Embassy/Consulate in Manila N/A

Economy

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GDP $2.085 billion (2014, 165th)
GDP Per Capita $2,590 (2015)
Currency Bhutanese Ngultrum (BTN) = 100 chhertum
Major Exports electricity (to India), cardamom, gypsum, timber, handicrafts, cement, fruit, precious stones, spices
Major Imports fuel and lubricants, grain, aircraft, machinery and parts, vehicles, fabrics, rice
Major Industries cement, wood products, processed fruits, alcoholic beverages, calcium carbide, tourism
Major Export Partners India 83.8%, Hong Kong 10.8%
Major Import Partners India 72.3%, South Korea 6%
Foreign Exchange Reserves $1,103 million (2015)
Ease of Doing Business Rank 176 (out of 190)
Inflation 9.6%
Population below Poverty Line 12%
Gini Coefficient 38.7 (2012)
Competitiveness Rank 97th (out of 138)
Ease of Doing Business Rank 73rd (out of 190)
Employment Rate 97.1% (2013, est.)
Unemployment Rate 2.9% (2013, est.)

Politics

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Type of Government Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Head of State King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
Head of Government Tshering Tobgay
Legislating Body/Bodies Parliament of Bhutan (Gyelyong Tsokhang)
Upper House: National Council
Lower House: National Assembly

Social Facts

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Time zone UTC +6:00
Human Development Index 0.605 (medium, 132nd out of 180)
Literacy Rate 64.9 % (Males: 73.1%; females: 55.0%)
% of people with internet access 39.80% (306,680)
Life Expectancy 71.01 years (Males: 69.85, Females: 72.26)
Drives on the Left
Calling code +975
ISO 3166 code BT
Internet TLD .bt