Private sector role urged for Karnali zone development

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, April 15:

Experts taking part at a programme organised by the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) here today emphasised on the need for the private sector to invest in the Karnali zone for its development. Khem Raj Nepal, secretary at the local development ministry released a concept paper-2061 on the prospective role of the private sector in the development of the Karnali zone. Nepal said the initiative taken by the FNCCI to unveil the programme is appreciable.

"If the government and the FNCCI work together, the development process in Nepal can pick up a remarkable pace," Nepal said. The 10th plan has emphasised on poverty elimination and if the private sector could launch programmes in Karnali zone, it would be of great assistance to the government to achieve its stated mission, he added.

Binod Bahadur Shrestha, president FNCCI, said that there is a need to make people aware about the public-private partnership in order to properly manage the development of the Karnali zone. He identified different areas like religious and tourism, rural telecommunications and management, vocational development service programmes, micro-hydropower generation, airlines and road linkage where the private sector could help in the development of the Karnali zone.