Queen's Project Office
The Queen’s Project Office (QPO) was established in 2015. Led by the vision for ‘A Happy and Harmonious Bhutan’, QPO’s mission is to complement His Majesty’s noble initiatives in the field of environment, culture and arts, disability inclusion and entrepreneurship.
The objective’s of the QPO can be derived from the acronym ‘READY’:
1.Rural Livelihood Enhancement
- To boost rural livelihoods and facilitate community development, complementing existing efforts in poverty reduction with the aim to achieve sound economic growth and sustainable development
2.Environment Preservation and Promotion
- To ensure environmental and biodiversity preservation and support healthy living in coexistence with nature
3.Arts and Culture Perpetuation
- To preserve and promote our unique crafts and tradition
- To advocate awareness, support and ensure social inclusion of persons with disabilities
5.Youth Engagement through Entrepreneurship
- To create economic opportunities for meaningful engagement and employment with emphasis on youth entrepreneurship
The Queen’s Project Office is located at Kuengacholing in Thimphu, and led by a Zimpon Wom (Deputy Chamberlain).
Projects are nation-wide and programmes, such as the One Gewog, One Product (OGOP), one of the main activities under QPO, caters to all districts and sub-districts of Bhutan through collaboration with local governments, focal persons, groups and cooperatives.
The QPO works to support organizations under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty The Queen, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck, which includes Bhutan Red Cross Society, Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN), Ability Bhutan Society (ABS) and the Bhutan Kidney Foundation.
The QPO also collaborates closely with organizations such as the Thai International Cooperation Agency (TICA), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and National Environment Commission (NEC), amongst others.4.