General Assembly 2020 of the Society Switzerland – Bhutan. new: 13.6.2020 (to be confirmed),

9.30 am - Venue: Haus der Religionen - Dialog der Kulturen, Bern

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Afternoon Program: 2.00 pm: Dr. Karma Phuntsho: “Bhutan's Transition in the 21st century: Challenges and Opportunities.” followed by a presentation on Loden Foundation by Phuntsho Namgay (Acting Executive Director)

Karma Phuntsho

Dr. Karma Phuntsho is a social worker, thinker and a leading scholar on Bhutan. He teaches Buddhism and Bhutan Studies in Bhutan and abroad. He completed his full monastic training before going to Oxford to read Sanskrit and Classical Indian religions and pursue a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies. He has worked as a researcher at Cambridge University, CNRS, Paris, and the University of Virginia. He speaks extensively on Bhutan’s history, religion, culture and development and is the author of more than two hundred books, articles and essays including The History of Bhutan.

His is currently the President of the Loden Foundation - a civil society organization in Bhutan with a vision to fostering an enlightened and happy society through promotion of education, social entrepreneurship and Bhutan’s culture and tradition.


Phuntsho Namgay

Phuntsho Namgay has bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Soon after his graduation, he started his career at the Bhutan Centre for Media and Democracy (BCMD) as a Programme Officer for three years and later resigned to join Bhutan Foundation, an America based non-profit organization, to serve as a Communications Cfficer in their country office in Thimphu. With his passion and hope to explore new areas of entrepreneurship and education, Phuntsho joined Loden Foundation as the Development Manager in March 2018.

Phuntsho Namgay is currently the Acting Executive Director at Loden Foundation. 


 Red Flower Rice from Bhutan available in Switzerland


The first product of Drachukha Flower Group and Druk Metho is available in Switzerland! Unique red rice refined with precious edible flowers, Himalayan herbs and spices. 

The Society Switzerland – Bhutan is supporting the project through financing the construction of a new drying unit in Drachukha.

You can support the farmer families from Bhutan in their plans to export their products for the first time and thus open up future perspectives for them in agriculture. To make the transport to Switzerland possible, at least 300 packages must be ordered.

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Meeting of European Bhutan Friendship Associations Thimphu and Haa, November 20 – 29, 2019

2019 EBFA 

“EXPLORING THE FUTURE CONTRIBUTIONS AND ROLES OF EUROPEAN BHUTAN FRIENDSHIP ASSOCIATIONS” This topic was the focus of 44 members of 13 European – Bhutan Friendship Associations (EBFA) during a 10 days meeting in Bhutan.

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Focus Newsletter 2019 – Hydropower in Bhutan

2019 Focus News
The SSB Board is happy to present you the newest Focus Newsletter zooming in on hydropower — a sector that has brought immense development to Bhutan but which also displays economic, social and ecological challenges. We were able to compile a few interesting articles from different perspectives — not least from the current Minister of Economic Affairs. We wish you a good reading and are looking forward to hearing your feedback.