Workshop on Strengthening Bhutan’s Electric Utility Management

When: 1999

Where: Bhutan

What: Developing Technical Skills

Key objectives

  • To respond to the request for technical assistance from the Bhutanese government to help strengthen and increase their institutional and resource management capacities
  • Organize a five-day workshop to help their Division of Power pinpoint areas in which to concentrate in the future in order to attain their goal of providing electricity to the people of Bhutan and contribute to the country’s overall sustainable development, while successfully restructuring and undergoing corporatization

When: 1999

Where: Bhutan

What: Developing Technical Skills

In parallel to the activities of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Bhutan’s electricity sector, we provided assistance at the request of the Bhutan Government’s Ministry of Trade and Industry to their Division of Power (DOP) in strengthening their institutional and resource management capacities, as they underwent corporatization. The DOP was looking to provide proper training and preparation of DOP staff to successfully undertake the change.

We responded by organizing a one-week, comprehensive workshop on Electric Utility Management Strengthening in Thimphu, Bhutan from September 27 - October 1, 1999. The intent of the workshop was to help the DOP pinpoint areas in which to concentrate in the future in order to attain their goal of providing electricity to the people of Bhutan and contribute to the country’s overall sustainable development, while successfully restructuring and undergoing corporatisation.

Hosted by the DOP, the workshop was led by three of our member companies –Électricité de France, Hydro-Québec, and the Kansai Electric Power. The focus was on building capacities on six major topics:

  1. Corporate Utility Management
  2. Corporate Utility Finance
  3. Customer Management
  4. Distribution System Planning
  5. Distribution System Operation
  6. System Operation Theory

Workshop participants from the DOP included all of the district managers and high-level technical and managerial staff from the head office. Other observers included the Joint Secretary of Power, the Bhutanese Government’s Planning Commission, and a Senior Project Specialist from the ADB.

The interactive nature of the workshop with its focus on case studies, group work and DOP presentations contributed to the great success of the event. The DOP’s strong efforts, energetic enthusiasm and active participation also contributed to the dynamic atmosphere throughout the workshop. 

“The five-day training workshop, where all the senior officials and planners of the DOP could meet, was the first of its kind on such a large scale in the history of the Division of Power. The feedback received from the participants was very positive and encouraging. They have found the training very useful and it has enhanced their skills in planning and good utility practice. All the resource persons were found very interactive. They knew the subjects well, which made the participants more comfortable and forthcoming in the discussion and working session, and made the training workshop a success story. I would like to thank the GSEP for all its support.”

Kariha Dorjee, Joint Secretary Division of Power Ministry of Trade and Industry Royal Government of Bhutan

Participating members and partners

  • Kansai Electric Power
  • EDF
  • Hydro-Québec
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