'Provincial Entrepreneur Dialogue' to be held in all provinces

Confederation of Nepalese Industries President Vishnu Kumar Agarwal and Bishal Foundation Chairman Naresh Prasad Shrestha sign a memorandum of understanding in Thapathali, Kathmandu, on Monday, February 21, 2022. Photo courtesy: Bishal Foundation

KATHMANDU: Provincial governments, Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) and Bishal Foundation will jointly hold ‘Provincial Entrepreneur Dialogue’. The high-level dialogue between the government and the private sector will discuss business priorities and sectors, the recent negative impact on enterprises and the economic consolidation of the provinces.

The dialogue among government, private sector and partner bodies aim at recognising the impact of Covid 19 on Nepal’s economy and making public the model and issues of economic recovery through a manifesto, and continuously lobbying for its implementation, according to CNI President Vishnu Kumar Agarwal.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between the CNI and Bishal Foundation at CNI central office in Thapathali, Kathmandu, on Monday for organising the high-level dialogue. Agrawal said the issues of entrepreneurs will be presented to the government before the budget of all the three levels — local, provincial and Federal.

Likewise, Bishal Foundation Chairman Naresh Prasad Shrestha stressed the need for promoting entrepreneurs at the state and local levels and the seminar would definitely play an important role in promoting entrepreneurship at the provincial level and uniting the youth in entrepreneurship.

The dialogue is being organised with the objective of recognising the problems and challenges being faced by the industrialists and giving suggestions to the government on how the three levels of government have addressed small, cottage, medium and large industrialists and traders, CNI Vice President Krishna Prasad Adhikari informed. He said the government will also be suggested making the forthcoming policies and plans industrialist friendly.

Vishal Gaire, Executive Director of Bishal Foundation, informed that the dialogue to be organised by the concerned provincial government will conclude by April 13. He estimated the physical participation of at least 250 stakeholders and more than 2,000 others through Zoom and Facebook live in the dialogue.

There will be five to seven sessions on the post-Covid economy within the province, roadmap for economic recovery, digital economy and digital Nepal framework, startup enterprise opportunities, women entrepreneurship, employment, Nepal’s potential in agriculture and tourism, achieving sustainable development goals, Gaire informed.

The dialogue will be attended by ministers of the federal government, chief ministers, ministers of state for economic affairs and industry, secretaries and vice chairpersons of planning commissions, and senior entrepreneurs, the CNI informed.

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