Oct 11: A three-day international conference being held in Paro on ‘deepening and sustaining democracy in Asia’ will begin on Monday.
The conference will be inaugurated by the prime minister Jigmi Y Thinley and UNDP assistant administrator Ajay Chibber on Sunday evening.
Ministers and members of parliament from 12 Asian countries will participate in the conference. Representatives of the government, NGOs, CSOs, UN and other international organizations will also be taking part in the conference.
The conference will cover a wide range of topics related to democracy.
Seminars included are talks on the experiences and challenges of democratic practice in the participating countries.
“This conference will deepen democratic values, which is particular necessary when being a young democracy,” said centre for Bhutan studies president, Karma Ura on the conference’s significance. “The most important thing is the relevancy of the conference to all Bhutanese citizens, and I hope people will take interest in the broadcasts that will follow on television and radio even if they are not physically present there.”