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Bhutanese leader speaks to Trent class

First-year Trent students enrolled in Administration 100 were treated to a guest lecture on Monday, October 7, by the Bhutanese Minister of Finance Yeshey Zimba.

Mr. Zimba’s daughter, Sonam Chuki Zimba, is a second-year student at Trent University and Mr. Zimba delivered the guest lecture while visiting her at the University.

"It was a very interesting talk. He said that, as a country, there are four goals to work towards – economic development, environmental sustainability, national culture and good governance. He feels that GNP is only a means to that end. I was very excited to have him in our class," says Administration 100 Professor Ray Dart.

There are six Bhutanese students attending Trent, including Mr. Zimba’s daughter, his niece Nawang Eden, and Nyingtob Norbu, Pema Tenzin, Tamara Wangchuk and Sonam Rabgye. Bhutan is situated in the Himalayan mountains between the countries of Tibet and Bangladesh, just east of Nepal.

Mr. Zimba has served in the Bhutanese Ministry of Finance since 1990. He has also served as part of the Heads of Government – Council of Ministry and was, at one point, the Head of Government in Bhutan, a position similar to the office of the Canadian Prime Minister.

On October 8, during a visit with Trent University President Bonnie Patterson, Mr. Zimba commented on the beauty of the Trent campus. He also mentioned that his daughter is enjoying her studies at the University.

Posted October 8, 2002

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