Kathmandu, August 18:

With a slogan ‘better Nepal through entrepreneurship’, the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) has launched its youth wing — CNI Young Entrepreneurs Forum today.

Bharat Bahadur Thapa, secretary at the ministry of industry, commerce and supplies (MoICS), Dr Mohan Man Sainju, vice-chairman of Poverty Alleviation Fund and Binod Kumar Chaudhary, president of CNI jointly unveiled the forum.

Speaking on the occasion, Bijaya Nath Bhattarai, governor of Nepal Rastra Bank said that youths are dynamic force that could not only bring in changes at domestic front but also have a greater influence in today’s era of globalisation. “Youths have vision as well as dynamism. They are backed with technology and rich in creativity and imagination, which could certainly help the country’s economy to grow up at a rapid pace,” he said.

Bhattarai also urged the young entrepreneurs to take initiative in bringing about a positive changes in Nepal through responsible entrepreneurship. “Today’s youths are tomorrow’s leaders with new ideas, innovations and enthusiasm to do something better. These can lead the country towards sustainable economic development.” Stating that the economy is passing through a difficult phase, he urged the young entrepreneurs to explore opportunities and exploit them. “Successful entrepreneurs can explore the opportunities albeit in a difficult situation and give something to the nation,” he added. Despite some problems, Nepali economy is embracing changes that will make it competitive enough as well as help cash in on available opportunities and easily integrate into the borderless global economy, CNI president Chaudhary said.

According to him, the CNI-YEF would act as a platform for helping the youth interested in the field of business to grow personally as well as professionally, and groom them into future leaders and drivers of the corporate sector. While suggesting the young entrepreneurs, he said, “In every sphere of life the environment keeps changing constantly and only those who can adapt more readily, easily and successfully come out successful.” Rajendra Kumar Khetan, vice-president, CNI and Vishnu Kumar Agrawal, convenor of CNI-YEF also spoke on the occasion.