Samir Dhungana is the Senior Manager – Marketing with Paramount Motors which was established in 2018 and is the official authorised distributor of MG and Mazda four-wheelers for Nepal.
Dhungana started his career as graphic designer with Yellow Pages after which he moved to advertising working as senior executive with Prisma Advertising for nine years. Dhungana then traversed to Teletalk as marketing manager working with brands like Gionee and Xiaomi for five years. His foray into the automobile industry was with BPS Petroleum and now he is at Paramount Motors.
“I have taken it upon myself to make Paramount a leading automobile player in Nepal and I am working towards that goal,” states Dhungana. In this issue of Business 360, he talks about his pick of favourite brands.
Your top 3 best-selling products
MG ZS EV, Hector and HS
Top 4 apps that you use the most
WhatsApp, Facebook, Viber and mobile banking apps
3 destinations within Nepal you want to travel to
Manang, Khaptad National Park and Manaslu
Women-run businesses you think deserve accolades
There are some incredible businesses being run by women. Nikita Acharya of Urban Girl and Anushka Shrestha of Makkuse have created a benchmark in the areas they are involved in and definitely deserve accolades.
How do you think can we support local businesses?
The best way to support local businesses is to write good positive reviews about them while posting on social media. Also, if any feedback is to be given then call the concerned person and give the feedback so that they can improve on it.
A non-profit you want to contribute to
Nepal Ambulance Service (NAS) Dial 102 which has been helping save so many lives since its inception.
An entrepreneur who inspires you
Suman Shakya, who is into SmartPaani, inspires me a lot. Collecting rain water is a must for the future. His ideas and plans have been executed in various schools, hospitals and restaurants.
The best work advice you have received
Always do your best and create good networks and relationships. Also know your target audience and meet your goals.
If you could change ONE thing about the present entrepreneurial scene in Nepal, what would that be?
In Nepal we are basically into copy paste. Instead of CTRL C and CTRL V type of business we should try something new and different.
Startups are important for a country like Nepal because…
As we are a developing country and most youths are leaving the nation for a better life, I think we need a stable government for at least five years and startups need to be provided all necessary facilities to create a culture of entrepreneurship.