International Academy for Continuous Education conducted an Institutional Study Visit for Industry Information Management System for Ministry of Economic Affairs, Royal Government of Bhutan.  

The International Academy for Continuous Education (iACE) recently conducted an institutional study visit on Industry Information Management System last January 26, 2017 to February 2, 2017, for the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Department of Industry (MOEA) from the Royal Government of Bhutan.

The MOEA’s Department of Industry is responsible for the promotion and regulation of large and medium scale industries and FDI enterprises covering the industrial sector classified broadly under manufacturing and services. Additionally, the department also possesses responsibility in fostering sustainable industrial development in harmony with national objectives and priorities for the Kingdom of Bhutan.

National Economic and Development Authority Visit


The participants were introduced to the Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the country’s premier socio-economic planning body highly regarded as the authority in micro-economic forecasting policy analysis and research, where they learned about its Inter-organizational structure and responsibilities. The NEDA’s representative talk about the Agency’s mandate and flagship project regarding Information Systems


MOEA’s delegates with NEDA’s representatives

Department of Information and Communications Technology Visit


For their second visit, they were able to know about the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) database building and storage processing. The department also discussed their several undertaking including Juan Konek Project, a Free Public Wi-Fi covering the whole country and other Government to Citizens Projects. The delegates had a chance to meet the Minister/Secretary Atty. Rodolfo Salalima and other officials.


DICT’s Secretary/Minister and official from L-R Undersecretary Eliseo M. Rio, (MOEA) Mr. Trashi Younten, Ms. Dechen Choden, DICT Secretary/Minister Atty. Rodolfo Salalima, (MOEA) Ms. Sonam Tshomo, Mr. Tashi Wangdi, (IACE) Director Aries Balanay, and DICT’s Assistant Secretary Atty. Carlos Caliwara

Department of Trade and Industry’s Bureau of Investments


A visit in the Philippine Board of Investments, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the lead government agency responsible for the promotion of investments in the Philippines, gave them ideas about BOI’s Information Management Systems and Invest Philippines Project- a project of the government to boost the foreign direct investment of the country.


Manila City Hall


Aside from the National Agencies, the delegates also visited one Local Government Unit to check on the ease of doing business in the country. They had a chance to visit the country’s National Capital Region, Manila City under Business Permit Licensing Office, they were gladly welcomed by the head of the said department and explained the department’s process work flow.


MOEA’s Delegates together with (IACE) Director Aries Balanay, CEO Susana Balanay, (MOEA) Ms. Dechen Choden, Manila City Coucilor Joel T. Villanueva, (MOEA) Ms. Sonam Tshomo, (MOEA) Mr. Tashi Wandi, (MOEA) Mr. Trashi Younten, and Councilor Villanueva’s Chief of Staff

Philippine Statistics Authority Visit


MOEA’s delegates together with the PSA’s officials and IT Department

Lastly, they visited the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) wherein they were graced with PSA’ s concept of “Trade for growth, growth for trade” and were introduced to CountrySTAT, a web-based system that integrates national food and agricultural statistical information to ensure harmonization of national data and metadata collections for analysis and policy making. PSA’s Interactive Statistical Databases and updates on the economic and financial data of the Philippines including the Industry Information System of the country.

The 8-day study visit ended with the awarding of  professional graduate-level certificate in Industry Information System, awarded by IACE CEO Susana Balanay and President Albert S. Alday. The delegates were very satisfied and IACE team were given a high rating assessment by the MOEA’s team.


Photo together with MOEA’s delegates and IACE officials Standing from L-R Senior ICT Associate Mr. Trashi Younten, Industries Officers Mr. Tashi Wangdi, (IACE) President Dr. Albert S. Alday, (IACE) Director Aries B. Balanay, (IACE) Senior Training Coordinator Mr. Regie Boquio, Sitting from L-R Senior Administration Assistant Sonam Tshomo, (IACE) CEO Susana Balanay and Industries Officers Dechen Cheden.

“The study visit was useful and informative. The team, especially myself learned many new things which I am going to take back home and try to use and implement it. Hope to attend similar visit next time. Good Luck to IACE Team!!!” – Dechen Choden



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