Jigmi Y Thinley, the Prime Minister said, "It will greatly enhance Bhutan's international image as a sovereign, independent, responsible and equal member country." He added that his nation and administration is ready to host the summit. The summit is also important for Bhutan since it is obligatory for each member state to host the conference.
The 2010 summit was scheduled to occur in Maldives but is shifted to the Himalayan nation. 2008's summit was held in Colombo of Sri Lanka in Aug.