NPA goes international, gets a berth in FESPA

KATGHMANDU: Nepal Printers’ Association (NPA) became the member of Federation of European Screenprinters Associations (FESPA) — the organiser of the world’s leading screenprinting and digital imaging exhibitions.

FESPA has extended its global reach with the addition of two more Asian associate members as it welcomed Sri Lanka Association of Printers and Nepal Printers’ Association.

As associate members of FESPA, Nepal Printers’ Association will now benefit from a wide range of educational resources, training and best-practice development tools as well as

participate in a growing number of international projects and events. FESPA will benefit by forging even stronger links with the Asia-Pacific region, which as a whole is an increasingly significant player in the global screen, textile and digital printing markets.

“We are thrilled to welcome both the associations to FESPA’s international community. We are committed to expanding our global reach and influence, particularly in emerging markets in the Asia-Pacific region. We’re confident that our partnership with Sri Lanka Association of Printers and Nepal Printers’ Association will be mutually beneficial and we look forward to collaborating with these new members in the coming months,” said FESPA chief executive officer Nigel Steffens.

“NPA prides itself in providing members with a wealth of information, resources and support,” said NPA president Uday Narsingh Shrestha. “We are delighted to become the associate member of FESPA as that will enable us to offer our fellow members even greater value thanks to FESPA’s international links and industry expertise.”

FESPA’s commitment to the Asia-Pacific region is evidenced by the number of events it runs in the area, said the association that launched the first ever screen and digital print exhibition in India, FESPA India 2005. The event has continued to run every two years since the inaugural show, with the third FESPA India taking place in December.

Established in 1978, Nepal Printers’ Association (NPA) has 211 members consisting of digital, offset, and screen printers, print suppliers and, pre-press and post-press related businesses. It provides its members with a number of services and support initiatives like organising various training schemes to help members better understand, manage and use latest printing technologies. The association runs a range of interactive printing workshops and seminars and also runs broader business sessions on income tax, VAT and tax registration to help members develop their commercial awareness. It provides members with valuable business and economic information that it disseminates via post, circulars and newsletters.

It is also involved in lobbying and making recommendations to the government on relevant policy matters. It played an integral role in securing projects for the country’s domestic printers, such as the printing and distribution of school texts books with its Public-Private Partnership (PPP) approach.

The association also represents the business

community in various government and wider organisations like the Ministries of Finance, Education and Commerce & Supplies, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce & Industry, South Asia Print Congress, Federation of Small & Cottage Industries and Nepal Chambers of Commerce, creating strong

networking opportunities for members.