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National Assembly Passes the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017

Posted on :30 November 2017

National Assembly Passes the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017

The National Assembly adopted the Tourism Levy Exemption Bill of Bhutan 2017 with 37 “Yes” votes, 2 “ No” and 1  “Abstain”, out of 40 members present and voting.

 

Submitting his dissenting opinion, the member from Nubi-Tangsibji constituency said that the Bill was introduced with the good objective of promoting and developing tourism not only in the eastern regions but also for the country as a whole. However, he felt that this was not the right strategy and it was not in line with the government’s tourism policy of “high value, low impact”. In addition, he felt that full levy exemption of USD 65 was not right.

 

The Bill will be transmitted to the National Council.

 

Re-deliberation on Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Bill of Bhutan 2017

The National Assembly re-deliberated on the recommendations and amendments made by the National Council on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering of Financing of Terrorism Bill of Bhutan 2017 today. The Bill was passed in the 9th Session of the National Assembly and transmitted to the National Council.

 

The House, during the re-deliberation, accepted most of the recommendations and amendments made by the National Council. However, it was noted that the National Council had deleted the Section 278 of the Penal Code of Bhutan under Section 4.2 of the Bill. The member from Dramedtse-Ngatshang said that Sections 277, 278 and 329 (b) of the Penal Code of Bhutan have to be implemented together.

 

The House decided that the Chairpersons of the Good Governance Committee (National Assembly) and Economic Affairs Committee (National Council) discuss the matter and submit a report to the House before voting on the Bill tomorrow.

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