Nepal | August 07, 2020

Formal collaboration begins between Govt and NRNA think-tanks

THT Online
Share Now:

KATHMANDU: Formal collaboration between Government of Nepal and Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA) for the public policy domain has started to materialise.

NRNA has made an official request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to begin the collaboration between newly instituted NRNA think-tank, Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) and government think-tanks.

The NPI team, led by its chair Khagendra Raj Dhakal, handed over NRNA’s official request letter to Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali amidst an interaction programme held at the Embassy of Nepal in Bangkok on Thursday.

Speaking at the interaction programme, Foreign Minister Gyawali assured that he would wholeheartedly accept NRNA as a development partner of Government of Nepal and that the government would engage NPI towards materialising this special focus on policy formulation and reform process.

The NRNA’s letter, signed by President Bhaban Bhatta, reads that as a commitment of NRNA to contribute to the ongoing policy discourse of Nepal government, NPI needed to be in constant collaboration with different government agencies for which a focal point at National Planning Commission (NPC) has been requested.

It further says NPI is instituted based on Article 20.6 of the current NRNA constitution. Last October, NPI had presented its strategic plan for discussion at the plenary session of 1st Global NRN Knowledge Conference held in Kathmandu where Foreign Minister, NPC Vice Chair and independent think tanks had presented their views on the role of diaspora on development policies.

Incorporating the suggestions of all sides, NPI delegation including executive members Rajendra Prasad Shrestha (current AIT SERD Dean), Ramesh Singh (former Action Aid CEO), and Bishwa Tiwari (UNDP Affiliated Economist) had handed over NPI’s new draft of strategic plan (2019-2021) to the foreign minister and shared their views on social and economic development of Nepal. NPI strategic plan will be open for further feedback and comments from the wider spectrum, they informed.

Speaking at the same programme, NPI Chair Dhakal called upon the all Nepali and Nepali origin scholars, in Nepal and any part of the world, to be part of the NPI which will be an international think tank and knowledge platform for Nepali people.

Likewise, Dhakal elaborated that knowledge capital is something NRNA can bring to Nepal in more visible ways than financial capital for which NPI will develop thematic research teams clustering diaspora scholars with residential scholars. With the formalities of starting the collaboration, NPI has pointed that it has now entered from planning stage to partnership stage to prepare itself for the project stage.

Ambassador of Nepal to Thailand Khaga Nath Adhikari, NRNA Thailand President Assajita Awale, and Thai Nepali Society’s Patron David Khanal had given welcome speech at the programme, according to NPI secretariat.

The event was concluded with a dinner reception hosted by Embassy of Nepal after the interaction where Nepali professionals and community organisations’ representatives were present.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

International Commission of Jurists calls for transparency and justice

KATHMANDU: International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), an international non-government organisation which works as advocate for justice and human rights, has called upon the Government of Nepal to undertake substantial reforms in order to ensure that the wide-ranging constitutional and political re Read More...

Industry's violation of COVID-19 safety protocol causes virus transmission in community

DHARAN: An industry has been held responsible for transmission of coronavirus at community level in Dharan Sub-metropolitan City of Sunsari district.  Negligence on the part of Priti Valve and Fittings Industries Pvt Ltd located in the Industrial Area of Dharan-8 has been  blamed for local Read More...

China, coronavirus

360 new coronavirus cases detected; nationwide tally hits 21,750

KATHMANDU: The Ministry of Health and Population has recorded 360 new cases of the coronavirus infection on Thursday, taking the nationwide count to 21,750. The new infections were confirmed after testing 6,622 specimens through PCR method across the nation in the last 24 hours. As many as 419,57 Read More...

Kathmandu valley sees highest daily-tally as 87 cases surface Thursday

KATHMANDU: As many as 87 Covid-19 cases were reported in Kathmandu valley in the last 24 hours, the highest single day tally recorded yet. Of the 87 cases, 76 cases were identified in Kathmandu alone while Lalitpur reported ten infections. Only one case was detected in Bhaktapur district on Thurs Read More...

Highest number of deaths registered in a single day in Nepal, five reported in 24 hrs

KATHMANDU: Five more fatalities related to the coronavirus infection have been reported today by the Ministry of Health and Population. This is the highest single-day deaths recorded in Nepal. A 45-year-old male from Rangeli Municipality-8 of Morang passed away on Wednesday, August 5. He had just Read More...

Man City sign Bournemouth defender Ake

LONDON: Manchester City have signed defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth on a five-year deal, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. Financial details of the transfer were not disclosed but British media reported City paid Bournemouth 40 million pounds ($52 million) to sign the 25-year-o Read More...

Cabals and Cartels: Book launched in socially-distanced event

KATHMANDU: Rajib Upadhya, a formal journalist and longtime development professional, has come out with a book that argues that the cabals and the cartels, the dark underbelly of the transitioning Nepal, will hollow out every prospect for the change that we are still pining for if they are left to th Read More...