Tremendous Possibilities and Ample Opportunities for Nepal

Dr Ek Raj Ojha

Interview by Sai Nikesh D

Nepal has come a long way in development. As a nation sharing borders with world’s two major economies, Nepal has been striving to become a developing country and grow further to achieve the developed country status.  As a process, the Government of Nepal has been actively participating in various global and local level platforms promoting country’s strengths and potential to development, and is sincerely aiming to see the benefits as part of its UN 2030 Agenda.

Continuing with a wide coverage on Nepal and its developments over a period, Nepali Sansar, as a Nepal-focused media house, got a chance to get in touch with Dr Ek Raj Ojha, Senior Sustainable Development Consultant from Nepal, for a better understanding of the country’s progress towards its set goals.

Dr. Ojha, with his sound expertise in working with national and international level organizations like ADB, UN and government departments in sustainable development and planning, policy framework, among other key aspects of development and planning, shared a valuable information in this regard, helping us portray a complete picture of Nepal and its developmental path over a period and towards future.

Following are a few excerpts of Nepali Sansar Bureau’s detailed interaction with Dr. Ojha:

Q1. Nepali Sansar Bureau (NSB): After the successful completion of the long-awaited electoral process, Nepal is currently heading towards a new phase of transition. How do you feel in this regard?

Q2. NSB: What are the notable developments that you think have boosted Nepal’s stature nationally and internationally? What significant impacts they can have on the country’s future?

Q3. NSB: How do you see Nepal’s progress towards a developing and further to a developed country status?

Q4. NSB: How do you look at the human rights situation in the country in the wake of changing societal and development trends?

Q5. NSB: What is your take on development strategy and planning across various public and private sectors of Nepal?

Q6. NSB: What progress do you observe in the country’s development across local bodies in line with UNDP goals?

Q7. NSB: Where does the country currently stand in terms of sustainable development goals and inclusive development?

Q8. NSB: We see a growing foreign investment and private sector participation trend in Nepal. What is your take on this particular aspect?

Q9. NSB: What sort of support and encouragement do you see Nepal getting from international aid agencies like ADB, UNDP, UNHRC, among others for overall development of Nepal?

Q10. NSB: As an academician across reputed institutes, what is your take on education and research development in Nepal?

Q11. NSB: Over the years, we observe a trend of large number of Nepalese migrating to foreign destinations for education and employment. What do you feel and where do you think that Nepal’s education and employment sectors are currently standing at?

Q12. NSB: As an expert in rural and regional development planning, how do you see the development scenario across rural and remote communities/areas of the country?

Q13. NSB: With such a vast experience in working with government departments, how do you find the country’s progress in terms of government functioning (internally and externally), policies and development framework?

Q14. NSB: What notable difference do you see between new Nepal and the erstwhile Nepal?

Q15. NSB: How do you see the country’s economic progress and sector-wise contribution to the same?

Q16. NSB: Be it signing diplomatic ties, drawing good foreign investment, presenting in global-level meetings, among others, Nepal has drawn a wide global attention in the recent times. How do you see Nepal’s path ahead towards development?

Q17. NSB: As an expert in planning and sustainable development, what do you think is the need of the hour for Nepal with regard to infrastructure development, among other key areas?

Q18. NSB: Where do you see the country’s overall development in infrastructure and sustainable development, among other key areas, as per the UN 2030 Agenda?


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