Sunday, October 14, 2018

Government to partner with NPI in framing development policies

The government is going to partner with the Non Resident Nepali (NRN) for the development of the country.
Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali – addressing plenary session on the ‘Diaspora’s Role in Development Policies of Nepal’ during the first NRN Global Knowledge Convention here in the capital – today said that the government has taken Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) as a partner for the development. NPI is a newly established think-tank of Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA).
The government is ready to engage NPI in its policy discourse, he said, suggesting NPI to audit Nepal’s existing public policies on the basis of best practices in the world and recommend alternative policies. "The country is in the process of transformation and relevant policies were the need of the hour."
NPI chair Khagendra Dhakal, on the occasion, said that since the 1990s the Nepali diasporas had played a key role in development of the country. "Many things, which are not possible to do living away from the motherland, have become possible now due to the ICT facilities and advanced modes of connectivity," he said, adding that China’s policy of engaging the diaspora had shifted from ‘Return and Serve Motherland’ to ‘Serve the Motherland."
Likewise, vice chair of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Dr Puspa Raj Kadel on the occasion, expressed willingness to collaborate with NRN think tank.
In the plenary session, Sharad Neupane presented NPI’s Strategic Plan (2019-2021), which focuses on policy research on migration, remittance, social security, research-based education and SDGs.
Krishna Adhikari from Oxford University and Yubaraj Pokhrel from South Asian University of Delhi also shed light on how diaspora scholars could contribute to the development of Nepal in the true sense.
Senior economist Madan Kumar Dahal, social leader Sharu Joshi Shrestha and NRNA president Bhaban Bhatta commented on the plenary speeches as panel members.

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