Neighbourhood First: PM Modi to visit Bhutan later this month

In line with India The two countries are celebrating the golden anniversary of diplomatic ties. While this is Modi In fact, in 2014, Bhutan was the first destination in the neighbourhood where Modi visited after becoming Prime Minister in 2014. Though the dates have to be formally announced, the government of Bhutan is already getting ready to welcome Prime Minister Modi, where besides major announcements; a few MoUs are expected to be inked at the end of talks between the two leaders. Also read: They will discuss the progress made in the implementation of the on-going India-assisted-hydro-electric projects in Bhutan. “Neighbourhood First Bhutans Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering had represented Bhutan at the swearing-in on May 30. After being sworn in as the external affairs minister S Jaishankar had chosen to visit Bhutan first. Though China is gradually trying to make inroads in Bhutan, for India that country is a key partner in various projects involving hydropower sector. As has been reported by Financial Express Online earlier, last December, Prime Minister Lotay Tshering had chosen India as his first overseas visit after being sworn in as the prime minister of that country. India has been playing a critical role in both that country So far India has constructed three Hydroelectric Projects (HEP) in that country which generate 1,416 MW In 2014, India and Bhutan had signed an inter-governmental agreement, for the development of four more HEPs under the joint venture model including 600 MW at Kholongchhu, 180 MW at Punakha, 570 MW at Wangchhu and 770 MW at Chamkharchhu which will generate 2,120 MW of power. Both countries have been working towards expanding their relationship in different sectors including space technology where the South Asia Satellite will provide access to wide-ranging applications such as disaster management, weather forecasting and communications.