The Association was spear headed by few prominent industrialists and entrepreneurs in the country in 2007 with a view to provide a common platform for industries to resolve issues of common interests through discussion, submission to government and other agencies concerned. Since 2007, the Association has been functioning imperceptibly with the persuasion of few industrialists without any formal office and staff. The Association came into formal being with the establishment of its office in September 15, 2008. The Association of Bhutanese Industries registered as a Mutual Benefit Organization under the Civil Society Organization Act of Bhutan, 2007 (Registration No CSOA/MBO-03) The office of the Association is based in Phuentsholing with a permanent office and staff head by a General Secretary.
“Facilitate growth of industries in the country”
1. Promote industries that are sustainable and are in line with the government policies and objectives.
2. Represent manufacturing industries in all forums both within and outside the country to foster growth of industries in the country.
3. Promote high standards of services, product quality, and professionalism in the industries.
While the overriding objective of the Association would be to develop manufacturing industries in the country, the other primary objectives of the Association are to:
1. Act as a platform to discuss with the government and related agencies and resolve issues and problems constraining the growth of industries in the country;
2. Review relevant Acts, Rules, Regulations, Procedures, incentives of Bhutan and other countries and make appropriate recommendations to the government that would facilitate in the growth of industries in the country;
3. Study industrial policies of other countries through participation in forums - domestic, regional and international and derive ideas and methods that would contribute towards growth and development of industries;
4. Make appropriate recommendations and suggestions to the government on policies, procedures, regulatory and other pertinent matters in all the related areas intended to create an enabling environment for growth and development of industries;
5. Liaise with government, public and private agencies, Associations, Federations, Confederations, and other legal entities located within and outside the country in areas that are of interest to the Association;
6. Support industries in the affairs of their businesses through promotion of good governance, labour rules and regulations, fair and transparent procedures;
7. Support government in preserving environment through promotion of environmental friendly production systems and techniques;
8. Promote, protect and safeguard the interest of manufacturing industries in Bhutan from undue external and internal influences.
The Association has the following governing bodies:
1. General Body: consisting of all the registered members and is the supreme constitutional organ of the Association.
2. Executive Committee: Although, the committee is to have nine (9) members elected from the General Body, currently the committee has only Nine (9) members including Member Secretary. The term of the members is for three years at a time. The Executive Committee has a President, a Vice President who are elected by the General Body. The general body would elect new members along with President and Vice President.
The services rendered by the Executive Committee members are purely honorary and act of good will without any payment from the Association.
Secretariat: is responsible for the actual implementation of plans and programs of the Association and is headed by a General Secretary supported by permanent staff.
The organization chart of the Association is furnished below.
The main source of its funds is from its members’ annual fee, which is collected based on the scale/size of the industries.
Any business entities engaged in manufacturing, processing, mining, trading can apply for membership in a membership registration form, which is downloadable from the website.