Thursday, 5th March 2015

Minister Koirala stresses on the need for focusing on micro, small enterprises

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Minister for Industry Shanker Prasad Koirala has expressed the belief that a new government would pursue economic development and constitution writing simultaneously.

At an interaction organised by the Micro Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) run under the Ministry in the capital on Tuesday, Minister Koirala said that attention should be focused on small and medium scale enterprises for economic development as there was no possibility of establishing and operating large scale industries within a few years.

He said that he was thinking of implementing MEDEP, the most success programme implemented by the government in collaboration with the donor agencies, across the nation to reduce the existing poverty in the country.

The Industry Minister said that the government has placed the promotion of small and medium scale enterprises in high priority.

Stating that the government was committed to implement MEDEP in an effective manner for poverty alleviation, Industry Secretary Krishna Gyawali said that an arrangement has been made at the policy level for the same.

Country Director of the UNDP Shoko Noda said that the MEDEP was one of the success programmes of the Micro Enterprise Development Programme Development Partnerships.

Noda said that the programme was the exceptional programme under the ownership by the government of Nepal.

Development Assistance Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Kathmandu Aben Ritz said that capacity building of government bodies was indispensible for the implementation of programmes related to micro enterprise.

Technical Advisor of the MEDEP Laxman Pun said that the programme has proved that poverty could be alleviated through entrepreneurship development.

Likewise, joint secretary duo of the Ministry--Jit Bahadur Thapa and Yam Kumari Khatiwada, informed about the further action plan of MEDEP.