Training on trade negotiation skills

Lalitpur, June 19:

Experts at a programme today underscored the need of enhancing negotiation skills of the government officials and private sector representatives in order to realising the benefits from globalisation.

They were speaking at a four-day long training programme for government officials and private sector representatives that kicked off here today with a view of enhancing their knowledge and skills on bilateral, regional and multilateral trade negotiation process.

Jointly organised by the Enhancing Nepal’s Trade Related Capacity (ENTReC), a UNDP supported project and the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), the programme will last till June 22. Prachanda Man Shrestha, national programme director of

ENTReC and joint secretary at MoICS while addressing the meet said that international trade has been a crucial tool for Nepal to wallop our set economic indicators as per the country’s plans and programmes.

The issue of trade should come in front in national economic agenda so that Nepal can move ahead, he said adding that Nepal’s experience in such mechanism is yet to be advanced.

“In a changed globalised trading regime, Nepal needs to upgrade its negotiation skills with effective negotiation strategies to reap globally available trading opportunities,” he suggested. He also underscored the role of the government in policy framework, infrastructure development and better trade deals in favour of Nepal.

Bijendra Man Shakya, national programme manager of ENTReC mentioned about four features on negotiations such as theory and principles, experience sharing in bilateral, regional and multilateralism including negotiation with other countries.

Sudarshan KC, training coordinator highlighted about the training course related to trade negotiation. The programme is focused specially for those who are involved in WTO related issues in different government ministries and private sector organisations.