Creating more employment back home will help halt the current trend of migration by youth and their potential can be utilised for sustainable development and poverty reduction, according to experts.
Speaking at the inauguration of the six-day 'Training Programme on Improving Stakeholder Relations' in Dhangadhi today, secretary at the Ministry of Industry Uma Kant Jha stressed on the importance of utilising and optimising the potential of Nepali youth. "The country should tap their energy instead of impelling them to migrate abroad for foreign employment because it isn’t a permanent solution for sustainable development and poverty reduction," he said. "Though the country has been receiving huge remittance, Nepal will fall into the remittance trap in the long run."
The purpose of the training programme that runs till March 23 is to promote Private Public Dialogue (PPD) and the Nepal Business Forum (NBF) which is led by the prime minister.
The training was inaugurated by former prime minister Lokendra Bahadur Chand, who also hails from the region. Chand, on the occasion, launched the training manual on 'Improving Stakeholder Relations' that was prepared on the initiation of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) and German International Cooperation (GIZ).
Chand appreciated FNCCI, GIZ and the World Bank Group for considering the Far Western Development Region and its corridors in their economic development priorities.Similarly, vice president of FNCCI Bhawani Rana, said that the event is a milestone towards establishing a forum in the Far West, a region that has been neglected by successive governments. "There is huge potential in the region which has been suffering from a mass exodus of youth due to the lack of employment," she said, adding that the German government and GIZ who are involved in enterprise development and creating youth employment, agriculture value chains and private sector promotion, could help the region develop.Programme manager of GIZ Include Horst Ammann expressed his commitment towards supporting the Far Western Region for economic development by focusing on the private sector.
Joint secretary at the Ministry of Industry and the focal person of NBF Anil Kumar Thakur explained about the process of NBF and the government’s commitment in promoting the private sector.
Similarly, senior private sector development specialist of IFC Laura Watson, president of Far Western Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry Nara Bahadur Chand and CDO of Kailali district also spoke on the occasion.Participants of the district chamber of commerce and industries, district development committees and Department of Cottage and Industries from the Mid-Western and Far-Western Development Regions will be exposed to the five modules related to Private Public Dialogue – Communication, Negotiation, Workplace Cooperation, Conflict Management and Effective Advocacy.
The event is supported by the German International Cooperation Inclusive Development of the Economy (GIZ Include) Programme.