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Quick Facts

Total population                                              
716,896 (July 2012 est.)       
                                                                                                             
GDP per capita

USD 6,200 (2011 est.)

Life expectancy at birth
67.88
Key economic sectors by contribution to GDP

hydropower, tourism, minerals, forest products

Computers per 100 inhabitants

4.70
Fixed-line telephones per 100 inhabitants

3.72

Mobile phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants
65.58
Internet users per 100 inhabitants
21
Domain names registered under '.bt'
247
Internet domestic bandwidth
200 Mbps+ (2004)
Internet international bandwidth
78 Mbps+ (January 2008)
Internet subscribers (lease lined)
95
Dial-up Internet subscribers
12,000

Source: Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009/2010

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004

Druknet - Bhutan Telecom Limited

ICT at a Glance (World Bank)

ICT in Education (UNESCO)

ITU ICT EYE

Ministry of Information and Communications, Kindgom of Bhutan

National Portal of Bhutan

General Resources

Country Profile (BBC)

Development Gateway's Country Resources

The World Factbook (CIA)

Resources on E-Co Hub

UN-APCICT assists the Royal Government of Bhutan  in the implementation of its social media policy

UN-APCICT assists the Royal Government of Bhutan in the implementation of its social media policy

The United Nations Asian and Pacific Training Centre for Information and Communication Technology for Development (UN-APCICT) and the Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) of the Royal Government of Bhutan co-organized the Capacity Building Programme on Social Media for Development on 28 October – 04 November 2016 in Thimphu.

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UN-APCICT strengthens capacity of the Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan on using social media for development and governance

On 14-17 April 2015, the Government of the Kingdom of Bhutan and UN-APCICT/ESCAP are co-organizing the Capacity Building Programme on Social Media for Development and Governance. The programmeis being undertaken in cooperation with the country’s Ministry of Information and Communications.

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Capacity Development Programme on Social Media for Development and Governance in Bhutan

Recognizing that social media can be useful tools for development and the important role of social media policy to promote its positive and responsible use, the Ministry of Information and Communications of Bhutan and APCICT will conduct a social media for development training programme on 14-17 April in Thimpu.

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Royal Institute of Management of Bhutan strengthens human capacity in the use of social media for development

Royal Institute of Management of Bhutan strengthens human capacity in the use of social media for development

On 26-27 June, UN-APCICT’s national partner, the Royal Institute of Management of Bhutan, organized a workshop for 29 mid-level civil servants and private sector employees in Thimpu, Bhutan to support the country’s efforts to build its human capacity on the use of information and communication technology (ICT) for development.

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Effects of Education and ICT Use on Gender Relations in Bhutan

Supporting gender equality in the deployment of and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) involves accepting that gender relations and ICTs within any given community are continuously being shaped by one another. There is a growing body of research on gender and ICTs in the developing world. However, little empirical evidence exists on how certain aspects of gender relations can influence the ways that ICTs are perceived and used, framings which can, in turn, reinforce or reshape existing gender norms and practices. This article examines the relationships that exist between gendered access to education and the ways in which mobile phones, fixed phones, and the Internet are perceived and used in a rural and an urban Bhutanese community. The findings, organized by levels of literacy, reveal similar patterns in ICT perceptions and use across the two communities.

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Developing South Asia: Lessons & Insights

This publication, the first of South Asia Department’s South-South learning series, aims to showcase lessons, replicable practices, and other insights which development practitioners can learn from, and apply in, the context of their respective countries. Projects discussed here represent various sectors such as energy, urban development, transport, information and communications technology (ICT), irrigation, and disaster risk reduction. The selection of the projects showcased in this publication was based on their implementation or completion within the last ten years, an overall rating of either Highly Satisfactory or Satisfactory in their project completion reports, representation of all developing member countries in South Asia, representation of major sectors of ADB operations in South Asia, and the achievement of exemplary and significant results vis-à-vis their respective project components as documented in the project completion reports.

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National Partner organizes Internet Governance and Information Security training in Bhutan

National Partner organizes Internet Governance and Information Security training in Bhutan

The Royal Institute of Management delivers Academy training for government officials and private sector IT managers

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UN and Bhutan launch ICT capacity development programme to improve connectivity and bridge digital divide in Himalayan kingdom

UN and Bhutan launch ICT capacity development programme to improve connectivity and bridge digital divide in Himalayan kingdom

More than 40 senior government officials and policymakers representing 10 ministries and 5 autonomous government agencies are meeting in Thimphu this week to roll-out a UN information and communication technology (ICT) capacity building programme that aims to support socio-economic development in Bhutan.

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Survey on ICTs for Education in India and South Asia

Survey on ICTs for Education in India and South Asia

The main objective of the Survey is to create a consolidated source of information on the experiences of using ICTs for Education in the South Asian region, as a baseline for future work, and to provide a framework of reference for policy-makers.

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ICT for Disaster Management: Real life examples

This compilation of case studies explores some of the sound practices in the Asia-Pacific region in applications of information, communication and space technology for effective and efficient disaster risk reduction and management.

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Bhutan ICT Human Resources Development Master Plan and Strategies 2007 (Version 4.0)

The objective of Bhutan ICT HRD Master Plan and Strategies (BIHMPS) is to enable Bhutan to become a knowledge-based information society. The master plan, intended to be relevant for a period of five years, has been developed using a consultative approach with stakeholders taking into account the specific context and needs of the country. This master plan document is divided into five chapters. Chapter 1 presents a brief background on Bhutan. Chapter 2 focuses on the key developments and initiatives in the field of ICT in Bhutan. Chapter 3 examines the HRD aspects for ICT in Bhutan including shortage of ICT professionals, its access to a large pool of ICT professionals and underutilization of the existing ICT professionals. The components of the master plan are presented in chapter 4. Chapter 5 presents the operational strategies based on the plans developed in the previous chapter.

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Information, Communications and Transport Sectors in Bhutan: A Special Report

This report has been published as a special report to inform the people of Bhutan on the developments that have taken place (between 2002 and 2007), and will take place in the information, communications and transport sectors. The report sets out the most significant challenges that Bhutan faces in these sectors, and highlights opportunities to overcome these challenges. It also includes recommendations for plans and programmes in the information, communications and transport sectors post 2013.

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Bhutan's Policy Guideline on Information Sharing

Through this policy guildeine on information sharing, Bhutan aims to create a culture of open and free sharing of information. The guideline looks at information sharing between and among public agencies; between public agencies and citizens; and among citizens. It looks at the types of information to be shared and provides an information sharing mechanism. This guideline has been approved vide Executive Order dated 30 August 2006 which also mandates the Ministry of Information and Communications to take a lead role in coordination, monitoring and backstopping of ministries and agencies on information sharing.

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Technical Guidelines on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for Preparation of the Tenth Five Year Plan (2008-2013)

These Technical Guidelines on ICT sets out the necessary framework for mainstreaming ICT as a tool in sectoral development programmes, both at the central and local levels. Addressing the needs of the poor, and fostering pro-poor innovation and growth through the effective and innovative use of ICT, remains the core priority of the Royal Government. The Guidelines include key considerations for the tenth five-year plan, challenges in mainstreaming ICT and the concept of mainstreaming.

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Bhutan Information, Communications and Media Act 2006

The Act provides: functions, responsibilities and powers of the Ministry of Information and Communications; the establishment of the Bhutan Infocomm and Media Authority; provision of ICT facilities and ICt services; provisions relating to radiocommunications; provisions relating to media issues; provisions relating to cyber issues such as e-governance, e-commerce, consumer protection and online privacy; and offences, penalities and legal proceedings.

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Bhutan ICT White Paper

The ICT White Paper states the Royal Government of Bhutan's ICT vision, strategic components and future directionfor guiding Bhutan's ICT sector. The Bhutan Information and Communications Technology Policy and Strategies (BIPS) is based on this ICT White Paper.

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Bhutan Information and Communications Technology Policy and Strategies (BIPS)

Three overall policy objectives underpin the BIPS Report: (1) to use ICT for Good Governance; (2) to create a Bhutanese Info-culture; and (3) to create a “High-Tech Habitat”. Based on these objectives, strategies are focused on five areas: policy; infrastructure; human capacity; content and applications; and enterprise. The report also identifies a number of risks to successful implementation of the BIPS strategies and activities. The process of developing BIPS involved multi-stakeholders and was open and participatory.

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Renewable Natural Resources Strategic ICT Framework and Sectoral ICT Masterplan, Kingdom of Bhutan, Version 1.0

This document examines strategies for integrating information and communications technology (ICT) in the Renewable Natural Resources sector. Based on the analysis of appropriate documents, key informant interviews and a SWOT analysis of the ICT capabilities of the RNR Sector, several options and strategic directions were identified. The first part of the document gives the strategic framework, and the second part, the sectoral ICT Masterplan.

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Bhutan's Media Impact Study

This study charts the progress and development of the media in Bhutan and identify key issues that need attention. This study focuses on the impact of traditional mass media - primarily print, broadcast, and film/music - as well as the new multi-media – Internet. It proposes a number of recommendations drawn from an analysis of Bhutan’s experience with the media. The recommendations are also placed in a global perspective, the experiences of other countries that are very relevant to Bhutan as it joins the information society.

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Bhutan e-Readiness Assessment: Final Report

This report provides guidance and reference to cross-sectoral ICT developments. It is a comprehensive documentation of all e-activities in the country and provides in-depth analysis of the current ICT situation, including the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It also gives Bhutan’s e-r eadiness position according to the standard method of assessment developed by Harvard University’s Centre of International Development

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