Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation was part of different 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.
Regional consultations began from Biratnagar on the 15th of March, 2014. Altogether 40 participants including local level business leaders, representatives from local chapter of Bar Association, Academics, Bankers, Youth representatives, local level representatives from development partners and educational institutions joined the consultation program moderated by Dr. Bhimarjun Acharya, Constitutional Expert. The program was also facilitated by Hon’ble Ms. Sarita Prasain, Constituent Assembly Member from Nepali Congress, Hon’ble Mr. Rishikesh Pokharel, Constituent Assembly Member from Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), and Mr. Dileep Agrawal, Chairman and Managing Director, Worldlink Communications Private Limited.
The participants were divided into five groups and asked to work on one leading question on economic prosperity. One member of the group presented the discussion from the group work to the plenary which then deliberated on additions to be made to the points raised by the group. Finally, the constituent assembly members expressed their commitment to take the issues raised by the participants to the Constituent Assembly and the representative from private sector expressed commitment to advocate on the issues raised at the local level. The program ended with the moderator summarizing the discussion.