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Background Paper on Economic Aspirations and Policy Priorities

Economic Aspirations and Policy Priorities

As an independent think tank which has been working on raising economic agendas and working on economic policies since its establishment, Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation initiated a process titled “Understanding Economic Aspirations and Policy Priorities for Nepal”. The primary goal of the process was to better understand the economic aspirations of the local people in the current political context.

The paper is a result of numerous consultation meetings in Biratnagar, Birgunj, Pokhara, Nepalgunj and Kathmandu throughout the month of March, 2014. 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 were all active participants.

Samriddhi Foundation has been working on entrepreneurship development, improving business environment, economic policy reform and promoting discourse on democracy since 2008 and the initiative was a part of its continued effort to bring together entrepreneurs, political leaders, business community members, bureaucrats, experts, journalists and other groups and individuals to engage in the policy discourse for economic agendas.

This paper is thus an examination of the role of ‘Private Sector’ to bring about economic prosperity and available Constitutional, Legal and Policy frameworks for economic prosperity in the country.

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