Responding to the Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA), the Government of Nepal welcomed NRNA’s think-tank Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) as its development partner.
In this regard, Nepal Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Gyawali said the government is ready to work with NPI in its policy-level initiatives.
Speaking at the NRNA first NRN Global Knowledge Convention under the theme ‘Diaspora’s Role in Development Policies of Nepal’, Gyawali welcomed NPI to audit the country’s existing policies on the basis of world’s best practices and make necessary recommendations for alternative policies.
Commending Nepali diaspora’s research efforts, Gyawali urged NPI to help the government leverage their strengths towards achieving the aim of ‘prosperous Nepal, happy Nepalis’.
“Many things which are not possible to do living away from the motherland have become possible now due to the ICT facilities and advanced modes of connectivity,” said NPI Chair Khagendra Dhakal.
Meanwhile, the Vice-chairperson of the National Planning Commission Puspa Raj Kadel also expressed willingness to work with NPI.
“NPC being the major government think-tank, I would appreciate the collaboration of NPI in areas of government priorities,” Kadel added.
As part of the session, NPI Executive Member Sharad Neupane presented NPI’s Strategic Plan (2019-2021) and said the institute was ready to partner with the government.
Krishna Adhikari from Oxford University, Yubaraj Pokhrel from South Asian University of Delhi, Economist Madan Kumar Dahal, social leader Sharu Joshi Shrestha and NRNA Chair Bhaban Bhatta were among other dignitaries present at the event.