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Deliberation concludes on the Multilateral Agreement for Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries

Posted on :22 May 2017

Today, the House concluded its deliberation on the Multilateral Agreement for Establishment of Think Tank for Landlocked Countries. The deliberation on the Agreement had resumed after some of the Members on 17th May submitted that related documents of the Agreement should be made available to the House before further deliberation. The Almaty Programme of Action and the Vienna Programme of Action were subsequently circulated to the Members.

 

During the deliberations held today, some Members submitted that the Almaty Programme of Action and the Vienna Programme of Action needed to be extensively studied before ratifying the Agreement since it warrants effective implementation of these Programmes of Action.

 

The Foreign Minister, however, expressed that the main tenet of the Agreement was to establish an International Think Tank and thus detailed deliberation on the related documents were not required. The Agreement is aimed at establishing an international think tank for landlocked countries to be used for top quality research and advocacy in enhancing the capacity of the landlocked countries.

 

The House, after extensive deliberations, agreed to support for the ratification of the Agreement given its benefit to Bhutan as a landlocked country. All fifteen Articles of the Agreement were subsequently endorsed by the House. A motion to ratify the Agreement will be moved in the House tomorrow by the Foreign Minister.

 

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