Bhutan’s 12th Digital Inclusion Plan to bridge digital divide and leverage ICTs for economic growth

Past October 17, 2017 an Information and Communications Technology conference was held in Timphu, Bhutan to gather policy makers and key stakeholders to discuss about plans to improve accessibility and adoption of ICTs in the country.

Bhutan is currently implementing its 12th Digital Inclusion plan mostly focused on bridging the digital divide, leveraging technology for boosting growth, raising e-commerce capabilities and generating skills for better jobs. As expressed by Jigme ThinlyeNamgyal, Director General of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, “ICTs must be embraced by government, business community and citizens to achieve economies of scale.”

These improvements provide continuity to the 11th plan whose main goal was to improve e-governance policy and services. Some other initiatives have taken place over the past few years to increase digital skills related to topics such as data science, cyber security, e-payment systems, website design and development of mobile applications.

Source: Kuensel Online