National trade fair in Pokhara winds up

Pokhara, December 8:

The 10-day National Industrial Trade Fair organized to promote trade, industries, agriculture and tourism concluded here yesterday. Over 165,000 people visited the fair that was sponsored by Rastriya Banijya Bank, according to Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Mankaji Makaju.

Over 300 stalls from across the country had put various products and services on display. In the concluding ceremony yesterday, forest minister Kiran Gurung asked industrialists to make investment in forest product-based industries.

Recalling problems in the operation of Manakamana Cable Car, vice-president of FNCCI Krishna Tamrakar said the industrial environment was deteriorating in Nepal due to unnecessary pressure on industrialists. He accused the government of spreading tax-terror among industrialists.

PCCI president Makaju said load-shedding was affecting the industries very badly. At the same programme, Hansaraj Hulaschand and Company’s stall was awarded for being the best stall in the fair.

Lokdohori Pratisthan, Kaski, bagged the first prize in the folk duet contest. Winners in other competitions were also awarded. A sum of Rs 40,000 that was collected from ticket sales was provided to Nepal Scout, Kaski.

Meanwhile, construction entrepreneurs in the eastern region have demanded improvement in the tender process to make it competitive saying that the building of a new Nepal would not be possible without the development of physical infrastructure.

Speaking at a programme organised by Morang Construction Entrepreneurs’ Association to mark Construction Entrepreneurs’ Day here yesterday, they drew the government’s attention to security problems during the tender process.

On the occasion, entrepreneurs vowed to jointly retaliate against vandalism and anarchic activities during the tender process. Former president of the association announced

Rs 1,00,000 support for the construction of a community building of the association

in Biratnagar-5.

Other speakers stressed on launching campaigns to press the government to solve the problems faced by construction entrepreneurs.