Vol 19, No 1-2, 2023
Reviewing Nepal-India trade treaty

Reviewing Nepal-India trade treaty

Nepal-Bangladesh Trade: Opportunity and Challenges

Nepal-Bangladesh Trade: Opportunity and Challenges

Public Expenditure in Federal Structure: Opportunities and Challenges

Public Expenditure in Federal Structure: Opportunities and Challenges

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues in Agriculture Trade

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Issues in Agriculture Trade

12th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES XII)

12th South Asia Economic Summit (SAES XII)

BBIN MVA Interaction Workshop

BBIN MVA Interaction Workshop

Nepal Bangladesh: Trade Arrangements and Connectivity

Nepal Bangladesh: Trade Arrangements and Connectivity

In focus

Inputs on Nepal-Bangladesh trade to policymakers

At the invitation of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies (MoICS), Government of Nepal, Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, SAWTEE, on 6 February 2024 gave a research-based talk on “Nepal-Bangladesh trade: opportunities and challenges” in the presence of the commerce secretary, the industry secretary, and joint secretaries, under-secretaries and officers of the ministry.

Lecture in a training programme for policymakers

Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, SAWTEE, delivered a lecture on the Nepali economy and international trade issues to officials of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), Government of Nepal, in Lalitpur on 30 January 2024 as part of a training programme organized by Agriculture Information and Training Centre, MoALD.

Presentation on ginger trade

Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, SAWTEE, presented on Nepal’s ginger trade at "International Workshop on Development and Promotion of Ginger Trade in Asia" held in Kathmandu on 26 January 2024. It was jointly organized by the Center for Agricultural Infrastructure Development and Mechanization Promotion (CAIDMP) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) and Nepal Agricultural Economics Society (NAES). The audience included MoALD officials, agriculture economists, and private sector representatives, including exporters.

Workshop for journalists in Karnali Province

On January 22, 2024, SAWTEE, in collaboration with the Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ-Surkhet), conducted a media workshop for economic journalists in Surkhet, Karnali Province. The main objective of the programme was to enhance the capacity of media professionals in reporting on topics such as balance of payments, Nepal-India trade, and Nepal-Bangladesh trade.

Lecture on international trade issues to government officials

Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, SAWTEE delivered a lecture on the Nepali economy and international trade issues facing it at the “Policy Lab-based Training for Engaging Trade Policy Making for Government Officials” organized by WTO, WTO Chairs Programme and KUSOM (Kathmandu University School of Management) Policy Lab at KUSOM, Lalitpur on 22 January 2024. The audience comprised government officials, and economics and management students and teachers. 

Presentation in a session on SDGs

Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, SAWTEE, presented at a session on “Rethinking Ways to Attain SDGs in South Asian Countries in the Context of the Ongoing Global Challenges”, organized in New Delhi on 13 January 2024 by SANEM and the Institute of Human Development at the IHD Global Conclave on “Advancing Human Development in the Global South”, 11-13 Jan 2024.

Inputs to 16th Plan of Government of Nepal

Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, participated in a workshop organized by the National Planning Commission (NPC), Government of Nepal on 10 January to get inputs from experts on the draft sixteenth development plan with a focus on the themes of LDC graduation, the Sustainable Development Goals and green economy. Dr. Kharel’s inputs covered issues such as rules of origin, industrialization strategy, revenue/tax policy, service sector, the TRIPS Agreement, free trade and preferential trade agreements, SDGs 8 and 9, export-oriented FDI, fiscal space and resource mobilization. The attendees from the NPC included the vice-chairperson, the secretary, a joint secretary, under secretaries and officers.

Dialogue between information technology stakeholders and the High-Level Committee for Tax System Reform

South Asia Watch on Trade Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) organized a discussion between the High-Level Committee for Tax System Reform and businesses and experts from Nepal’s information technology (IT) industry on 3 January 2024 at SAWTEE office. The committee, chaired by former minister and finance secretary Vidyadhar Mallik, received inputs on opportunities, problems, and changes essential for accelerating the growth of Nepal’s IT sector.Read More

Inputs to future directions of BIMSTEC

Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, SAWTEE, participated in a policy dialogue organized by Policy Research Insitute, a Government of Nepal think tank, on 28 December 2023 in Kathmandu to provide inputs to Nepal’s nominee to the Eminent Persons’ Group on the Future Directions of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation), Mr. Durga Prasad Bhattarai. 

Presentation on Nepal-Bangladesh trade in Koshi Province

Dr. Paras Kharel, Executive Director, SAWTEE, presented on Nepal-Bangladesh trade, drawing on a SAWTEE study, in a programme organized by Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI) - Koshi Province in Biratnagar on 18 December 2023. The audience included the Chief Minister of Koshi Province Mr. Kedar Karki, Vice-Chair of Koshi Province Planning Commission Mr. Puranjan Acharya, President of FNCCI - Koshi Province Mr. Rajendra Raut, Koshi Province government officials, businesspeople, civil society, security officials and the media.

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