WOSM Acting Secretary General Luc Panissod visited Bhutan Scouts Association, one of the younger member countries in the Asia Pacific Region, from 5th to 7th March 2009.
The visit was a historical one, as this was the first time that the WOSM highest Scouting official visited Bhutan since it became a member of the World Scouting family in 1999.
During his visit, Secretary General Panissod, accompanied by Asia-Pacific Regional Director Abdullah Rasheed, met with the President of the Scout Council and Minister of Education and Sports Lynpo Thakur S Powdyel. In this meeting, The Minister appreciated the values of Scouting being passed on to young people which helps a lot in their development. He also made a commitment to continuously support Scouting in Bhutan, sharing that under the government's five-year plan, it will allocate 68 million Ngultrums as its support for the development of Scouting in the country, of which 13 million will be spent for the initial infrastructure of the proposed National Scout Centre in Paro district. The allocated land is about five kilometers away from the Paro International Airport and has an area of 24 acres that is full of pine trees.
The Secretary General made a visit to the proposed Scout Centre site and had a view of the landscape. He expressed his appreciation to the government and recognized the efforts of the key Scout leaders for the enormous progress of Bhutan Scouts Association in a relatively short period of time.
Before leaving Thimpu, the capital of Bhutan, the Secretary General had a detailed discussion with the national leaders together with the Scouts Leaders of the Thimpu District Scout Association. He also made a visit to one of the secondary schools where he had an exchange of ideas with the Rover Leaders.
Continuing his tour to other National Scout Organizations in the region, the Secretary General is now in Bangladesh, where he is scheduled to meet the Chief Scout and President of the country and the key leaders of Bangladesh Scouts apart from visiting its National Training Centre.