Resident Representative of United Nations Development Programme in Nepal Ayshanie Medagangoda-Labé has pledged to assist in poverty alleviation in Gandaki Province.

During a meeting with Gandaki Province Chief Minister Krishna Chandra Nepali Pokharel today, UNDP Nepal Resident Representative said the UNDP would support Gandaki Province to uplift 200,000 people living beneath the poverty line by 2030.

Saying that the Human Development Index (HDI) of Gandaki was comparatively good, she said good practices of the province should be implemented in Lumbini and Karnali provinces.

Chief Minister Pokharel said it would be better if UNDP worked in Gandaki with its physical presence and urged it to open a regional office if possible, or a field office. He also expected support from the UNDP for the innovation sector, development of small and medium enterprises and modernisation of agriculture.

Pokharel said the Province Government was ready to cooperate to implement good practices in all local levels, adding that the entrepreneurship development programme run by the UNDP was successful in Waling Municipality of Syangja district.

The chief minister expected UNDP's support for effective implementation and localisation of Sustainable Development Goals.

The UNDP Nepal Resident Representatives expressed pleasure at Gandaki Province's preparations to organise Investment Conference.

Ayshanie, who served in Morocco prior to her Nepal assignment, said that Nepal should emulate the good practices of North African countries including Morocco, Egypt and Algeria for meeting the SDGs.

A version of this article appears in the print on September 28 2021, of The Himalayan Times.