Bhutan – Denmark Transition Events 2014
Today, Bhutan and Denmark are marking an event which will see the phasing out of development cooperation and the beginning of a new partnership. This Transition Event represents a significant milestone in the history of Bhutan –Denmark bilateral relations as it celebrates the past achievements and prepares the two countries for the new relationship.
The Bittersweet Goodbye
Over three and a half decades, Denmark has been a strong and steadfast partner of Bhutan in her socio-economic development efforts. As a result, Bhutan has made significant progress in all areas resulting in Denmark’s decision to phase out its assistance. The two countries are extremely satisfied with the success of the development cooperation and have now decided that they should move on to a new partnership as provided in the Framework for continued Danish-Bhutanese Partnership signed in June 2012. The Framework provides for cooperation in fields of mutual interest including global security, democracy, good governance, human rights and rule-based international cooperation; environment and climate change; and economic, cultural, commercial and educational cooperation, including through private and institutional partnerships. The new partnership is expected to further strengthen the existing ties of close friendship and cooperation between Bhutan and Denmark.
The Vital Link between Bhutan and Denmark
Dansk – Bhutanesiske Samfund has for many years worked in close partnership with other governmental and non-governmental actors in Bhutan and Denmark to develop partnerships, cooperation arrangements, alliances and networks with other organizations. DBS has the necessary capacity, experience and unique grass root and longstanding knowledge of Bhutan, therefore also an obligation to play a pivotal role in developing links between Bhutan and Denmark. Due to the frequent contact between our members in Denmark and there families in Bhutan and vice versa, it is considered that DBS is an vital link to Bhutan + Denmark in the future.