mOn April 3rd a Bhutanese delegation Bhutan’s Royal Institute for Governance and Strategic Studies (RIGSS) was in Guwahati, Assam in order to find new ways of strengthening ties with India. The delegation representing Bhutan at this interactive meet consisted of 35 members including Mr. Chewang Rinzin, Deputy Chamberlain to the King of Bhutan and Mr. Tashi Wangyal, Member of Parliament from Bhutan. From Indian side this event, which was held at Asian Confluence Centre, was attended by some senior policy makers, activists, media personalities, artists, and heads of various institutions. The main aim of this event was to encourage and facilitate the exchange ideas on important aspects related to trade, commerce, hydro-power and tourism.

The event also featured a presentation listing and explaining the details of various upcoming projects that have been approved to improve connectivity between the Asian countries of India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh made on the upcoming connectivity projects under the auspices of Bhutan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal. The increased connectivity provided by these projects when they are completed and become operational will not only boost trade but will also spread cordiality by enhancing contact between the residents of these countries. Taking the activities of this meet forward, delegation comprising of representative from different North East India states will visit Bhutan in May.  They will discuss tourism development with stakeholders and policy makers in Bhutan.