Owing to the research work it has done in the hydropower sector of Nepal, Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation partnered with FNCCI on its initiative “Common Minimum Agenda for Hydro-power Development”. This initiative aims at creating consensus among major political parties for hydropower development in Nepal. Part of the process, Samriddhi’s Pramod Rijal worked with Mr. Roger Gill, an international consultant for Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI). The duo worked together in holding meetings with two dozen politicians, hydropower experts, ministers, secretaries, investors, bankers, developers and others related personalities in the hydropower sector to understand the challenges keeping the sector from growing. Mr. Gill is the Vice-President of International Hydropower Association (IHA).
During the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry on April 10th 2013, major political parties signed the “Common Minimum Agenda for Hydro-power Development” document expressing their commitment towards the development of hydropower in Nepal. The signatories to the commitment paper were six major political parties — the Unified CPN-Maoist, Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Nepal, Rastriya Janashakti Party and Madhesi Janaadhikar Forum-Democratic — and the Chairman of the interim election government Khil Raj Regmi.
Political parties in Nepal have strong ideological differences regarding development of hydropower in Nepal and been treating hydropower as a political issue for a long time.