l. to r. The Prime Minister of Bhutan, the honourable Tshering Tobgay chatting with Mobilium Global CEO, Ralph Simon:
Prime Minister Tobgay is an inspirational & highly respected national leader. Business Week rated Bhutan the happiest country in Asia and the 8th happiest in the world. Bhutan is located on the eastern Himalayas between Tibet & the Indian states of Sikkim, West Bengal & Assam. Since the 17th century, the official name of Bhutan has been Dru Ü , the Land of the Thunder Dragon, and was inhabited as early as 2000 BC. In November 2008, 28-year-old Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, eldest son of King Jigme Singye Wangchuck, was crowned King. Bhutan is viewed as a global model for proactive conservation initiatives. The Kingdom has received international acclaim for its commitment to the maintenance of its biodiversity, reflected in the decision to maintain at least 60% of the land area under forest cover & designate more than 40% of its territory as national parks, reserves & other protected areas. Bhutan has a number of progressive environmental policies that have caused the head of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to call it an “inspiration and role model for the world on how economies and different countries can address climate change, while at the same time improving the life of the citizen”. Bhutan has the second fastest-growing economy in the world, with an annual economic growth rate of 22.4 percent. Their largest export is hydroelectricity. Bhutan has a rich & unique cultural heritage remaining largely intact, because of its isolation from the rest of the world until the mid-20th century.