The new UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Gerald Daly paid a courtesy call on to the Hon’ble Speaker earlier this afternoon. He said that at a time when western democracy faces the challenge of disconnect between the elite and the people at the grassroots; Bhutan was well on track with good working mechanisms. He further added that given Bhutan’s remarkable progress, it was a privilege for the UNDP to support Bhutan.
The Hon’ble Speaker thanked the UNDP for its support to the Parliament of Bhutan thus far. He also highlighted on the priorities of the Parliament of Bhutan especially on aligning SDGs with the National Key Result Areas, building institutional capacity of Parliament and strengthening the parliamentary committee system among others. The Hon’ble Speaker further proposed the UNDP to support Bhutan in hosting the meeting of the Social & Cultural Committee of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly later this year.
Mr. Gerald Daly expressed that UNDP would continue to support the Parliament through the parliament project and expressed that he would take note of supporting the Parliament in hosting the APA committee meeting. Appreciating the achievements made by the country, he remarked that Bhutan has reached the space of excellence in promoting its culture and it was important to uphold it for times to come.
From the year 2003 to 2007, Gerald served as the WFP Resident Representative in Bhutan after which he also served as the WFP Head of Programme in the Regional Bureau for Asia from 2007 to 2011). He also worked as the Deputy Country Director A.i. and Programme adviser in India between 1998 and 2002.
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