The Constitution of Bhutan bestows immense responsibilities on the Members of Parliament (MPs) as elected representatives of the people. Further, His Majesty the King has reposed high degree of trust and confidence in the MPs to not only fulfill their constitutional obligations but also play a leading role in the process of nation building.
MPs hold positions of significant authority and responsibility to determine not only the present circumstances but also influence the future direction of the community, economy and thereby society at large. It is, therefore, crucial for them to have a holistic understanding of important national issues and aspirations, and the required knowledge and skills to shoulder their responsibilities effectively.
Bhutan’s electoral laws prescribe certain minimum criteria (such as age and education qualification) to be eligible to contest as a MP. However, once the elections are over, it is clear that there is great diversity among the MPs in terms of age, education and professional background, future political aspirations etc. Amidst such diversity, there are currently no forum to bring all the MPs together in an informal and non-parliamentary setting by overcoming partisan differences, to discuss key national goals and values and identifying the main challenges to nation building. There are also limited opportunities for MPs to learn new skills that would be useful and effective for their roles and responsibilities.
Considering the immense responsibilities bestowed on the MPs and the current gaps, the two-week Leadership Program for Parliamentarians (LPP) is designed, as requested by both Houses of the Parliament, to provide a platform for discussion of important national goals and challenges, create awareness of values and to impart some of the key skills needed for effective leadership and governance.
The course will comprise a blend of lectures, interactive session, mock presentation sessions, and group discussions as given in the course outline.