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This piece in yesterday’s issue of The Himlayan Times caught my attention and thought of sharing the link alongside my views and way forward to dwell on reasons and solution to address Nepal's declining export trade and in-effective Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS) 2010 implementation.
The news’ statistics from Trade and Export Promotion Centre takes into account first nine months of current fiscal year where majority of NTIS listed products/services are on a downward trend. This news highlighting the peril is however not first but we seem to have been used to hearing and providing same boring excuses (fluid political climate, supply-side constraints) and plans (donors support, international assistance).
As someone who had successfully led the NTIS implementation project at MoCS for 15 months with several accolades and achievements, my first recommendation then and now to efficiently drive NTIS implementation and boost export sums up to one - create awareness and generate stakeholder buy-ins.
Please find attached a plan that I had prepared and presented to the senior MoCS officials and other line ministries, interestingly, 9 months back. Sadly the plan still hasn’t the seen the light of the day and all we are seeing is the declining export figures.
Can we still afford to come across such negative news?
Wish this ‘NTIS Awareness and Implementation Plan’ was long started. The first three quarters would have better figures, for sure.
Thank you for reading. Let me have your opinion.
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