Flagship Programs

Nine priority areas critical for the people were identified as flagship programs, aside of the 12th Five Year Plan. A project implementation unit at respective agencies coordinate with the flagship secretariat under the Gross National Happiness Commission. The progress of each program is reported to the Prime Minister’s Office. The flagship programs include Health, Education, Digital Drukyul, Water, Organic Bhutan, Startup and CSI, Tourism, Waste management and Footprints of National Day.

Quick Facts

  • An important feature in the 12th Plan.
  • Addresses nine priority areas that need coordination and multi-sectoral interventions.
  • Created to deliver ‘immediate’ and ‘tangible’ impacts on our society and economic growth.
  • Reported to and monitored by the Prime Minister’s Office for successful implementation.
  • A budget of Nu 15 billion is allotted for the flagship programs.
  • Ensuring uninterrupted drinking water to every household
  • Proper management and channeling of irrigation water across the nation
  • Lead to creation of independent water agency down the years
  • Budget – Nu 3 billion
    • Integrated Citizen Services
    • E-Patient Information System (ePIS): computerised medical record in health facilities, generate data and policy planning in the health sector
    • Digital School: Taking ICT to schools across Bhutan
    • E-Business: Integrated Business Licensing and Single Customs-Trade System
    • One Digital Identity: Digital identity, biometrics and digital signature
    • Government Initiated Network: 1,000 government offices, schools and hospitals and five rings in backbone network to be connected
    • ICT Capacity and Capability: ICT professionals’ certification and digital literacy for non- ICT
    • Budget – Nu 2.557 billion
    • Promoting growth of a vibrant, sustainable startups and CSI
    • Expand export base and reduce imports
    • Yield job prospects and encourage creativity
    • Budget – Nu 1.2 billion
    • Increase contribution of tourism to national economy and rural livelihoods
    • Regional, equitable and balanced spread of tourism to all parts of country
    • Deconstruct “seasonal” tourism
    • Promote Bhutan as an exclusive destination, guided by the vision “high value, low volume”
    • Create employment opportunities in tourism and hospitality sector
    • Budget – Nu 1.5 billion
    • Tapping on Bhutan’s natural soil, taking organic production to commercial scale
    • Target potential international markets for further socio-economic development
    • Broaden generation of employment opportunities in agriculture sector
    • Budget – Nu 1 billion
    • Prevention, early screening and detection of three cancers: gastric, cervical and breast
    • Introduce medical camps in communities
    • Subsequent narrowing of gap between the primary and secondary healthcare system
    • Budget – Nu 1.3 billion
    • Adopting ICT as third language in schools
    • Equipping and engaging students throughout the country with ICT skills from early stages
    • Initiate ‘digital movement’ to improve the digital literacy of the population
    • Budget – Nu 1 billion
    • Design end-to-end source reduction of waste
    • Introduce color-coded waste bins for all households for efficient waste segregation
    • Private sector partnership in recycling and converting waste into earnings
    • Control and manage stray dog population
    • Budget – Nu 1 billion