Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney visits Bhutan

Ambassador Dr. Martin Ney visited Bhutan from 4th to 7th December. Germany and Bhutan do not have diplomatic relations, but enjoy close and friendly ties. This was made clear once again in the official talks with Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay and Foreign Minister Damcho Dorji. Both countries work together closely in multilateral forums.

Ambassador Dr. Ney thanked the Prime Minister for his active support for a reform of the UN-Security Council and his repeated appeals in front of the General Assembly to include, among others, Germany as a permanent member in the Security Council.   

Bilaterally Germany supports Bhutan through concrete projects. Since 2012, the ‘Sparkassenstiftung für internationale Kooperation’ has been working together with the local NGO ‘RENEW’, in order to promote the economic development of women in rural areas by providing microcredits. In conversation with Ambassador Dr. Ney the Governor of the Bhutanese Central Bank Dasho Penjore underlined the importance of promoting entrepreneurship for the diversification of the Bhutanese economy. Dr. Ney pointed out, that Bhutan can also fight youth unemployment in Bhutan by a business-driven vocational education and training.

From 2018 onwards Germany will support the research and preservation of Bhutanese scriptures with 51,000 euros. The German Bhutan Himalaya Society works together closely with the National Library of Bhutan to study the development and dissemination of Bhutanese scriptures as well as of the used techniques with a view to make it accessible to the general public.

In Punakha Dr. Martin Ney handed over a biochemical analyser, which forms the keystone in the technical modernisation of the hospital through the German Embassy as well as private donors. Today, the District hospital is able to provide medical services to over 25,000 people in the region and beyond in line with modern standards. Dr. Ney also handed over 5 trolleys, which were donated by Pro Bhutan e.V. thanks to a personal contribution by Professor Dr. Alain Digallos.