Non-Resident Nepalese Association (NRNA) fifth Global Conference concluded here today with a commitment to support Nepal Investment Year 2012-13.
The Nepali Diaspora has approved the 17-point declaration that vows to increase Non-Resident Nepalese (NRN) investment in energy, infrastructure, skill trainings and technology sectors — the most critisised and debated issues since last eight years.
NRNA will help Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) attract investment in primary sectors like energy, tourism, infrastructure projects and agriculture, the declaration promised, adding that they will start a 100 mega watt (MW) hydropower soon.
The NRNs have been since last eight years promising of investment but there has been no visible investment from them yet.
The NRNA has, however, asked the government to create legal ground for Open University to produce skill manpower in the country. International Council for Open and Distance Education and some internationally universities have promised to provide technical support to the drive, they said, adding that Open University could be operated from the investment of the government, NRNA and other development partners.
As always, the NRN conference promised to help tourism sector in promoting Nepal abroad and attracting investments. Likewise, they have also promised to promote Nepali goods in foreign countries in collaboration with respective export agencies.
The NRNA has become more a charity orgnisation than partner for country’s — in their own word motherland’s development.
They have vouched to support Gorkha movement through moral and financial support to their drive to build ‘Gurkha Memorial’ in Salmedada of Syanja district. Ex-Gurkha army organisation is building the memorial in 300 ropani land in the memory of 60,000 Nepalis died during World War I and II.
The association has urged the government to revise foreign employment laws and policies to make job migration to foreign countries safer. NRNA will provide concrete inputs for revision of laws and policies, it said.
Meanwhile, the conference has unanimously elected Jiva Lamichhane as new president because outgoing president Dev Man Hirachan withdrew his candidacy from the post. The NRNA jamboree has kicked off in the capital on Wednesday with the slogan ‘Our Network Our Identity: Prosperous Nepal’.
NRNA has decided to hold sixth global conference in Kathmandu in October 2013.