Kathmandu, February 9
The umbrella organisations of the private sector have paid their tributes to former prime minister and Nepali Congress president late Sushil Koirala as a supporter of free market economy and private sector-led economic growth.
Late Koirala had given priority to the private sector in the country’s economic expansion, according to a statement issued by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI). “The death of Koirala is an irreparable loss to the nation and the entire private sector,” said the statement.
FNCCI and other private sector organisations namely, Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) and Non-Resident Nepalis Association (NRNA) expressed deep shock on the sudden demise of Koirala today at the age of 78. Private sector organisations have praised him and his steadfast contribution in the promulgation of the constitution through the Constituent Assembly and his vital role in resolving the crisis that emerged in the country after the promulgation of the new constitution.
Late Koirala had played a legendary role in the democratic movement and especially in institutionalising democratic republic in the country. “During meetings with the private sector, late Koirala had always encouraged the private sector to make investments and attract foreign investment as well,” added the statement issued by FNCCI.
FNCCI also suggested political parties to follow the valued principles of late Koirala’s political life — unity, consensus and cooperation — to resolve the current crisis and implement the new constitution.
CNI has remembered Koirala as an honest, clean and seasoned politician of the country. “Koirala had a strong belief in the role of the private sector to attain economic prosperity,” said the statement issued by CNI.
CNI also lauded his contribution to deliver the new constitution in the country by ending the decade-long political transition, which was considered a setback for the country’s economy.
The NCC statement has praised Koirala’s leading role in the promulgation of the new constitution and termed him as an ‘inspirational figure’ of Nepali politics. NCC has remembered late Koirala as an advocate of free market economy.
NRNA has also expressed deep sorrow on the demise of former prime minister Koirala. “Late Koirala will always be remembered for his constructive role in taking the NRN movement to newer heights,” said a statement issued by NRNA, International Coordination Council President Shesh Ghale. “NRNA has lost a guiding figure along with his death.”
Similarly, the Society of Economic Journalists-Nepal paid tribute to late Koirala for creating history by delivering the new constitution to end the long political transition that ultimately paved the way for economic development and prosperity.
A version of this article appears in print on February 10, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.