Inauguration of Cottage and Small Industry Market, BEA and Launch of CSI Product

The first of its kind Cottage and Small Industry Market Outlet located in Changzamtog, Thimphu was inaugurated by Hon’ble Tengye Lyonpo on 18 December 2020.

The CSI market will act as a platform for entrepreneurs to market their products, to encourage inter-business networks, to enhance backward and forward linkages and to act as a platform to exchange business related information. The outlet is exclusively dedicated for sale of domestic CSI products.

During the same event, the annual Bhutan Enterprise Award (BEA) was held. The winners of BEA 2020 were awarded with the Certificate and cash prize of Nu. 0.2 million each in the following categories by Hon’ble Tengye Lyonpo:

1. Cottage Scale Entrepreneur of the year
Ms. Phuntsho Wangmo (M/s. Bhutan Ramen, Thimphu)
2. Small Scale Entrepreneur of the year:
Mr. Tashi Dhendup Dorji (M/s. Laykha Dairy Delights, Paro)
3. Rural Entrepreneur of the year:
Mr. Tshering Samdrup (M/s. Samdrup IncenseManufacturing Unit, Tashigang)
4. Woman Entrepreneur of the year:
Ms. Kinley Pelden (M/s. Yiga Chocolate, Thimphu)
5. Service (IT & IT enabled service) Entrepreneur of the year:
Ms. Leki Choden (M/s. Dragon Coders Pvt. Ltd, Thimphu)

The BEA was instituted in the year 2013 with the objective to enhance and appreciate the role of entrepreneurs to the society and to inculcate culture of entrepreneurship so that people are encouraged to look beyond the common trend of getting employed. The winners for the BEA were selected through rigorous three-stage selection processes using various parameters each for short-listing, field assessment and the final selection.

Subsequently, new CSI products were also launched during the same event. The purpose of the product launch is to provide a platform for the Startups and CSIs entrepreneurs to introduce and showcase their products, to provide better access to market and to create linkage with the potential dealers and customers.

The following new products and services were launched by Hon’ble Secretary, MoEA:

1. Dehydrated Vegetables and Fruits by M/s. Bhutan Yoedhen Farm

2. Cordi vigour and Dhuyetsi Chulen Jr. by M/s. Touch from Heaven

3. Egg and Vegetable Noodles) by M/s. Bidhas Food Products

4. Naturally Dyed Yarn by M/s. Deki Natural Dyes

5. Music Application by M/s. B Music World

6. Online Portal for Job Application by M/s. Druk Infinity Services.