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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Act is available in English and Dzongkha