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  • Achieving leadership in the codex process

    20-22 September, Punakha: Around forty participants are attending a three days advocacy workshop on a theme “Achieving leadership in the codex process” at Drubchhu Resort, Lobeysa. Participants include representatives from the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences of Bhutan, State Owned Enterprises, World Health Organization and World Food Programme country office are attending the workshop.

    The workshop is aimed at strengthening the national Codex programme in Bhutan, addressing the gaps identified using the Codex Diagnostic Tool, increasing the understanding on the importance of Codex standards for consumer protection and fair practices in food trade, and enhancing engagement in international standard setting process among the relevant agencies. It is being facilitated by experts from India, WHO South East Asia Regional Office, New Delhi and FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok.

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  • National Dialogue on Bhutan’s Food Systems underway

    13-14 September, Thimphu: To prepare Bhutan for the UN Global Food Systems Summit, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests is convening the National Dialogue on Bhutan’s Food Systems.

    The national dialogue brings together around 30 participants from the government, private sector, CSOs, youth, women and development partners to identify unique pathways to transform the nation’s food systems and the RNR sector through multi-stakeholder consultations.

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  • New Secretary joins the Ministry

    8 September, Thimphu: The Hon’ble Dasho Thinley Namgyel is the new Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests. His Majesty The King conferred him a Trashi Khadar yesterday at the Tashi Chho Dzong.

    Prior to the appointment, Dasho was serving as the Secretary of the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC). He started his career in 1989 as a Trainee Officer under the Ministry of Economic Affairs. He worked for the Ministry of Finance between the years 1991-2004. He joined the GNHC in 2007 as a Chief Program Coordinator and later served as the GNHC Director. He was appointed the GNHC Secretary in 2016.

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  • Food System Summit Dialogue held to strengthen Bhutanese food systems

    As a part of the Food System Summit Dialogue, the Policy and Planning Division conducted sub-national dialogues on Food and Food Systems with a theme “Strengthening Bhutanese food systems for Gross National Happiness”.

    The dialogue kicked off from August 18- 20 at Wangdue covering Dagana, Gasa, Punakha, Tsirang, Trongsa, Wangdue and Zhemgang Dzongkhags. It was followed by a second dialogue in Monger from August 23-25 covering Bumthang, Lhuentse, Mongar, Pemagatshel, Trashigang and Trashiyangtshe Dzongkhags. The third dialogue was held at Paro from August 30- September 1 covering Chhukha, Haa, Paro and Thimphu Dzongkhags.

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