Constitution and Economic Aspirations in Kathmandu

Constitution and Economic Aspirations in Kathmandu

We organized numerous consultation meetings in Biratnagar, Birgunj, Pokhara, Nepalgunj and Kathmandu throughout the month of March. These meetings were organized to learn about the economic aspirations of Nepalese living in different parts of the country and to identify policy priorities based on those aspirations. CA members, local level political and business leaders, journalists and lawyers showed up with active participation.

On 20th March, 2014, 31 participants including entrepreneurs, lawyers, members of civil society, representatives from non-governmental organizations, political leaders, business leaders and legal experts attended the regional consultation in Kathmandu. Five questions were prepared and asked in the group to discuss and brainstorm on ways to better understand the economic aspirations of the people in the consultation locations. The event was moderated by Dr. Bhimarjun Acharya. The event was facilitated by Hon’ble Mr. Rameshore Phuyal, Member of the Constituent Assembly, representing Communist party of Nepal – United Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), Hon’ble Mr. Raju Khanal, Member of the Constituent Assembly, representing Nepali Congress, Hon’ble Mr. Gagan Thapa, Member of the Constituent Assembly, representing Nepali Congress, and Mr. Saurav Jyoti, Director, Jyoti Group of Companies, representing the private sector.

Participants envisioned economic prosperity as a state whereby Nepal is self–‐sustained in creating jobs and able to retain its work force. They also envisioned economic prosperity as the fundamental needs of the citizens being fulfilled and expansion of the economy. Participants from Kathmandu identified transport, education, industrial zones, energy, research and innovation and simple regulatory framework as important foundations of economic prosperity.