Bhutan ICT Policy and Strategies (BIPS)

Details of the organization
Ministry of Information & Communications
  • The organization has a strategy for coordinating WSIS Implementation at the national level: Yes
  • The organization has a national e-strategy: Yes

Information about the project
Bhutan ICT Policy and Strategies (BIPS)
BIPS report initiated by the Ministry of Information & Communications represents a Bhutanese approach to the challenges of ICT, drawing on global experience. The White paper approved by the government in 2003 became ‘the basis for an inclusive and consultative process for formulating a new strategic framework for ICT in Bhutan’. BIPS comprises of five strategic components (Policy, Infrastructure, Human capacity, content & applications and Enterprise) identified in the white paper. POLICY: Strategy P1. By 2010, use ICTs to make governance more inclusive, efficient, accountable and transparent Strategy P2. By 2008, implement a flexible, ‘light-touch’ and modern regulatory environment Strategy P3. By 2008, strengthen ICT regulatory and enforcement capacity Strategy P4. By 2005, investigate ways to fund and reduce the cost of ICT services Strategy P5. By 2015, make ICT services accessible and affordable throughout Bhutan INFRASTRUCTURE: Strategy IN1. By 2008, establish a competitive, level-playing and reliable ICT infrastructure market Strategy IN2. By 2015, ensure affordable, fast, secure, and sustainable ICT infrastructure throughout Bhutan HUMAN CAPACITY: Strategy HC1. By 2013, all ICT positions will be filled by well-qualified national staff Strategy HC2. By 2010, establish one ICT Center of Excellence in Bhutan Strategy HC3. By 2009, expand ICT institutes to other regions Strategy HC4. By 2013, all students with basic education would have acquired basic IT and computer skills Strategy HC5. By 2010, majority of Bhutanese will be aware of the benefits of ICT CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS: Strategy CA1. By 2009, Bhutan will have the enabling framework to promote e-business Strategy CA2. By 2010, use ICTs to preserve and promote culture and heritage, and create appropriate local content Strategy CA3. By 2010, harness ICTs to enhance the quality and accessibility of education Strategy CA4. By 2010, harness ICTs to enhance the quality and accessibility of health services Strategy CA5. By 2010, citizens will have real-time access to Bhutanese media Strategy CA6. By 2009, develop local content and applications to support good governance Strategy CA7. By 2008, develop a communication plan for the national disaster management system Strategy CA8. By 2010, develop a national e-waste management system for sustainable environment ENTERPRISE: Strategy E1. By 2008, increase competency of the local ICT industry Strategy E2. By 2008, ensure outsourcing of all appropriate government works Strategy E3. By 2008, improve access to financial mechanisms for ICT businesses Strategy E4. By 2009, export ICT services Strategy E5. By 2008, promote the appropriate use and application of ICT in non-ICT businesses
National implementation:
Ongoing from
All government agencies, autonomous bodies and private sector

WSIS information
* The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
* Information and communication infrastructure
* Access to information and knowledge
* Capacity building
* Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
* Enabling environment
* ICT applications: benefits in all aspects of life
      * E-government
      * E-business
      * E-learning
      * E-health
      * E-environment
* Cultural diversity and identity, linguistic diversity and local content
* Media
  • Eradicate poverty and hunger
  • Develop a global partnership for development
  • Project
  • Programme
  • Guidelines
The project is being considered as contributing to the objectives of the ITU Connect the World initiative? No