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  • Gerrard Winstanley
    **** View Tracy Worcester s documentary on BBC World for 5 days from Fri August 19th 2005 **** Tracy Worcester s documentary Gross National Happiness shows
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      **** View Tracy Worcester's documentary on BBC World for 5 days from
      Fri August 19th 2005 ****

      Tracy Worcester's documentary "Gross National Happiness" shows how the
      Royal Government of Bhutan is tying to curb rural to urban migration.
      Most governments across the world see their destitute farmers as cheap
      labour that give their industries the competitive edge in the global
      economy.

      However, Bhutan has reversed their school curriculum's urban bias to
      produce `educated farmers. To revitalize the local economy they give
      grants to increase and diversify crop production and boost traditional
      crafts.

      They have devolved power to local councils and are researching Gross
      Domestic Happiness as a more inclusive measurement of progress than
      GDP.

      However, with many government ministers graduating in economics from
      American Universities, they are increasingly becoming drawn into the
      global economy. Despite cries from farmers to be protected from cheap
      imported food in their markets, the politicians are considering
      joining the World Trade Organization. The body that will lock them
      into binding trade liberalization rules. Bhutan is at a cross roads.
      Either it signs up to the WTO rules that will give foreign
      Multinationals and investors total rights over their trade, resources
      and services or it forges a new development pattern that protects
      small producers and the environment against the vagaries of the global
      economy.



      watch one of these showings:Bhutan tx: 19th August.
      Tx Times:
      19:30pm Fri
      05:30am Sat
      00:30am Sun
      09:30am Mon
      16:30pm Tue
      01:30am Wed
      07:30am Wed



      Tracy Worcester
      The Cottage
      Badminton
      South Gloucestershire
      GL9 1DG
      Tel: +44 (0)1454 218491
      Fax: +44 (0)1454 218039
      Email: tracy@...
      Website: www.tracyworcester.org.uk and
      www.isec.org.uk
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