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Sunday 6 November 2011

Why “Big No” to KFC, Mc. Donald, King Burger etc. in Bhutan?

Bhutan for centuries has remained without the influence of western world particularly due to its geographical situation and now no more in a safe zone with modern development and its doors opened up to the outside world since 1961. However, Bhutan was wise enough for years to remain choosy under many circumstances and today we are proud of having many things which have been lost in the other parts of world including, culture values, environment and community harmony.

However, it will not be far where Bhutan will encounter the same fate like those nations and may lose forever the gift of our forefather if our policy does not continued to support with strong commitment.

As per the article, KFC and Piza Hut eye Bhutan by Phuntsho Wangdi, “the KFC and Piza Hut have tabled a project proposal to set up Business in Bhutan to FDI committee of the government and it is in the process of looking into the feasibility of the proposal.”

As an individual, I wish and pray that such proposal do not get through and fail to accord approval from the government. I am sure the expertise working with FDI proposal will look into it carefully and decide for the long term interest of nation and GNH screening tools will give sufficient test so that every aspect are taken care of.

The establishment of KFC, Piza Hut, Mc Donald, King Burger etc. may for a short term fulfil the exciting desire of the people, but in longer run it will have lots of negative impact both socially and economically including lost of our cultural values. Moreover, in small nation like Bhutan with just mere population of 0.650M, the effect will be more devastating.

The opening up of such FDI will compromise the existing business particularly the restaurants and hotels around the country with limited market. Also known and sufficient evidence from the countries which the FDI are operating with serving fast food, the health of population will be compromise with various man-made diseases like diabetes, Obesity, etc. and ultimately increase in Healthcare cost. Many researches has shown the evident of positive correlation between fast food and diet related diseases which includes works of Chou et al(2004), Cawley (1999), Bleich et al. (2007) etc.

Further, Bhutan a Buddhist country with principle of “compassion” and its continued efforts to educate people to help animals free from suffering, if ever the business gets established will be a big blow and will it will become more challenging. 

Can Bhutan efforts to open such FDI? Will have to be questioned by every citizen and remind government time and again to make a rational and conclusive decision. Yes, so far we have been able to keep away but what will be in future, will depend on our decision and it will be moral responsible for every one of us.  

24 comments:

  1. I would certainly say this needs a through study. The coming of KFC and Mc. Donald would mean several things for a country size of Bhutan. First one is that its going to make people lazy, second, its going to have adverse effect or will totally chase away our local delicacies like ema datshe, red rice, phak sha paaa, sha kam pa.. Tirdly, it is going to promote a very unhealthy food culture with which it will also bring social ills like obesity and its cousin diseases. this is going to eat away all our resources. The free health care may become unsustainable.

    I think there are so many things that needs to be looked into, before Bhutanese can dine and feast in KFC and Mc Donald in Thimphu....and other towns.....

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  2. Peldhen,

    Yes you are right. Hope the government will carry out a detail study and make a rational conclusion.

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  3. Wai wai, Koka, Maggi etc. And KFC/McDonald...what is the difference? In fact it is healthier! I don't think KFC is interested in Bhutan...it must be a Bhutanese wanting a franchise. Bhutan is too small and poor for KFC...only thimphu at the Moment will be able to support one restaurant for another 10 years or so. We'd be a retard not to allow them....unless done to promote tourism....the only country that does not have KFC. It can attract a lot of tourist

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  4. Dear Anonymous,

    As you said KFC may not be interested in Bhutan given the level of market base. If interested also it will be wise enough not to allow. Yes, Koka, Maggi and WIWI are already an issue as you said and my concern is why again additional problems. Also, I am not that much convinced that KFC will be better than Koka or Magggi if not bad. Perhaps, country without KFC in world would be of unique feature and may have more positive impact including promoting of toursim

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  5. As though you do not eat meat, you don't drink coca cola, you don't face book, you don't use a nokia, you don't watch tv....get some brain man. I would definitely buy you some as a charity...if they sold it! Which you might object to again....because rich people will be more smarter.

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  6. Dear Anonymous,

    Thanks for your comments. I am open to such constructive critism and dont feel guilty be it open.

    Well, coming to the eating I too as human eat, facebook and use Nokia but rationally. I eat meat but i also respect the sentiments of those who dont eat. I dont get your point here with linking of facebook and nokia with fast food but my understanding is that you mean to say, I am using it but i am not arguing here not others to use all those.

    Coming to urslef claiming as rich and smarter, the day will come where slef praise will be donkey praise. I am poor but definatly rich enough not to beg from people like you and knowing my own root i will fight for the poor people.

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