ICT Policies

  1. Bhutan Telecommunications & Broadband Policy

    The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) recognises Telecommunications and Broadband as important contributors to the socioeconomic development of the country. They have a vital role to play in enhancing competitiveness, increasing productivity and economic development, and promoting greater social inclusion to mention a few. Telecommunications and Broadband are the foundation on which “An ICT enabled, Knowledge-Based Society as a Foundation for Gross National Happiness” will be built.

    Bhutan has witnessed impressive progress in ICT in the last decade. The Bhutan ICT Policy and Strategy (BIPS) 2009, which has guided the development of the sector is found insufficient moving forward especially in the areas of Telecommunications and Broadband given the fast changing nature of the sector. Thus, the Ministry of Information and Communications has framed and adopted the Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband Policy which was approved by cabinet during the 59th Lhengye Zhungtshog held on December 9, 2014.

    The Bhutan Telecommunications and Broadband Policy 2014 will guide and shape the development of telecommunications and broadband sector in the country in the coming years. It provides guidelines, principles and rationale on how to go about developing and promoting the sector. The main objectives of the policy are: connectivity for all, strengthening of rules and regulations, creation of conducive environment for private investments and competition leading towards an efficient market and affordable broadband and telecom services.

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  2. Bhutan e-Gov Master Plan

    The Royal Government of Bhutan (RGoB) recognises the value that ICT can bring towards the achievement of Gross National Happiness. The Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC), which helms the promotion of ICT in Bhutan, worked in collaboration with the Government Ministries, autonomous agencies, corporations and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) to develop the e-Government Masterplan for the Kingdom of Bhutan. It is the first time that the Ministry embarked on a holistic approach to eGov planning guided by the development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH).

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  3. ICT White Paper

    The explosive development of information and communications technologies (ICT)1 and their applications are changing the way people live, learn, work and interact.
    Enhanced access to information and knowledge is rapidly becoming a potent tool for individuals and communities everywhere in their quest for new opportunities, for dignity and for a better life...

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  4. BIPS

    Information and communications technology (ICT) is changing the way the world works, and will continue do so into the future. By its unprecedented power to move and process information, it is impacting on global trading patterns, culture and governance; in fact ICT impacts on every aspect of our society today...

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  5. Policy & Institutional Plan

    With Bhutan on the information highway the Royal Government is seeking a clear vision, drawing up a comprehensive work plan, and putting the right institutions in place to develop the information, communication, and media sector...

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  6. Information & Media Policy

    Information and media play a central role in development in a knowledge based society. Because of its diverse and pervasive impact, information and media are integral to socio-cultural change, shaping and transforming values, lifestyles, national economies as well as socio-political systems...

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