The 63rd Edition of Last Thursdays with Entrepreneur was held at Bajeko Sekuwa on 30th July 2015 with the participation of more than 65 people from diverse background. The program was jointly organized by Samriddhi Foundation, Entrepreneurs for Nepal (E4N) and supported by Biruwa Ventures. The program started with the introduction of the speaker Mr. Rameshwar Thapa, Chairman, Annapurna Post and Captain and Chairman of Simrik Airlines.
Thapa was born in the farm family and after passing the Lok Sewa, his first job was to work as a judge. The greatest lesson he learned during this period is to complete the job in the best way paves the path to success. He recalls those days during which he fought cases to provide the service with dedication. He vividly remembers the person who jostled him to think about himself and not only be encircled in the mirage of benevolence. From then, he started to try different sectors. By then he was about to complete B.com but despite being the student of commerce he choose to join flight training school.
Firstly, he got the offer from Oklahoma, but due to visa issues his visa was rejected. Later he got an opportunity to study in Russia. He states that there were a lot of ways people could be lost is the land of beauties but with determination and devotion he was able excel in his batch with 5/5 score in a lot of subjects. One lesson to learn from his teacher in Russia is to be self-sufficient. With due respect, he remembers his then 64-year-old mentor who was both engineer and pilot, working every basic stuff in his home himself. Later he went to USA for the further training. After returning to Nepal, he got the job in Nepal. He first major mission was in mid-1990s when he rescued two Italian trekkers (one alive and one dead) from the remote corner of Manang district. Later when the civil conflict begun, the Russian captains of the helicopter denied flying to the remote locations.
As a Chairman of the Simrik air, he believes that the Nepalese are doing and are capable of the business but some other forces come up as the obstructions. Through his experience, he claims that though the Simrik air is safe and follows the standard protocols, the flights are not granted green signal by the EU aviation authority. The weaker government and politics are to be blamed for this catastrophe in the sector.
Thapa considers himself as a manager rather than a journalist. When he first entered Kantipur, his company made the profit of 78 crores. The second and third year the profit soared to 88 and 112 crore respectively. The strategy of his success was to reduce the activity of three Unions that existed then. His core principle was to keep the employee busy by providing them free training- foreign language, computer learning, guide training and many more.
Thapa claims that that the most important part of the management is to remove the negativity and adjunct the positive perspective and scope among the employees. He has explicitly used his thought and ideas in his workplace. His workplace is a conglomerate of companies which varies from resort to College.
After Thapa shared his story, the floor was open to audience where they asked few questions as follows:
Q. What do you think the youths in the late teen should do to make Nepal prosperous in 10 to 15 years? How could aviation industry prosper?
Thapa: One has to do the work completely and with delicacy. The three key parts the youths should take caveat from are alcohol (at least take in limit), maintain time management and sleep only to the point of need. Humans are like rubber we have to stretch our potential. The youths who want to be in the training sector should be provided proper training. The curriculum of the training school should also be up to date.
Q. What are the things to consider while opening partnership business?
Thapa: Partnership is like a marriage. If somebody is opening a business, it should be in the mutual understanding. Trusting each other is essential.
Q. The Nepali media personnel are sometimes affiliated to political parties which have been the case. This is violating the ethics of media. Furthermore, the media personnel are also underpaid. What do you have to say in the management?
Thapa: Politics is the crop of the media. That is what we harvest. Inter- mingling these sectors could easily happen in the mainstream. Principally it is the best not to be affiliated to any parties. When we talk about low salaries, the media industry in Nepal is immature. The geography is difficult to cover. To cover the larger sector the media industries need to employ a lot of reporters, thus generating low salaries. Since the market in Nepal is also small, the profitability and prospect to the higher employment is slim which is supposed to be corrected.
Q. How is the media encouraging the entrepreneurship in Nepal?
Thapa: Entrepreneurship should be promoted and it is going to some extent. Media should be doing more to promote entrepreneurship. The news and covering of the media do support this concept.