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10 years of Investment Board Nepal

Partnering for Economic Prosperity

Wednesday, September 8, 2021 | Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepal Standard Time (NST): 10:00 AM – 05:30 PM (UTC +5:45)

INAUGURAL SESSION (10:00 AM-11:30 Noon NST)

• Welcome Remarks by Office of the Investment Board Nepal
• Remarks:

i) Mr. Guangzhe Chen, Regional Director for Infrastructure, The World Bank

ii) Mr. Ziad Alexandre Hayek, President, World Association for PPP Units and PPP Professionals (WAPPP)

iii) Mr. Zhang Xiaohua, Chairman, Hongkong Red Lion No. 3 Co. Ltd.

iv) Mr. Nand Lal Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, SJVN Limited

v) H.E. Ms. Nicola Pollitt, Ambassador of the UK to Nepal

• Launching and Felicitation

• Address by Special Guest Hon’ble Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Minister and Member of the Investment Board Nepal

• Address by Special Guest Hon’ble Finance Minister of Nepal and Vice-Chairperson of the Investment Board Nepal

• Address by Chief Guest Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister of Nepal and Chairperson of the Investment Board Nepal
• Concluding Remarks by Chief Executive Officer, Investment Board Nepal

PLENARY SESSION I (02:00 PM-3:30 PM NST)

Session 1: Developing Sustainable Infrastructure in Nepal:
In the context of post-pandemic sustainable recovery and alignment with global climate change, the Government is keen to develop sustainable infrastructure and recover better from the pandemic situation. This includes adopting green economic pathways, with innovative opportunities emerging on renewable energy using hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, energy efficiency, e-mobility, green hydrogen, etc. As we all are gearing towards net zero-emission and transitioning to a carbon-neutral economy, this session would discuss developing sustainable
infrastructure in Nepal and strengthening climate change adaptation and mitigation, getting access to climate finance, and enhancing international collaboration on developing green infrastructure.

Session Chair: Hon’ble Dr. Biswo Nath Poudel, Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission

Special Address: Mr. Rajat Misra, Director General, Infrastructure Investment Development (Region 1), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)
Panelist:

1) Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Vice-Chancellor, Kathmandu University

2) Mr. Dhani Ram Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Finance

3) Mr. Babacar Sedikh Faye, Resident Representative, IFC-The World Bank

4) Ms. Heidi Tavakoli, Deputy Development Director & Head of Sustainable Growth, British Embassy Kathmandu

5) Mr. Vishnu Kumar Agarwal, President, Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI)

Moderator: Mr. Sagar Raj Goutam, Senior Divisional Engineer, Office of the Investment Board Nepal

PLENARY SESSION II (04:00 PM-05:30 PM NST)

Session 2: Developing and Managing PPP for Nepal’s Economic Development
The covid pandemic poses unprecedented challenges across the world. FDI flows are declining, and countries are adopting inward-looking strategies. Nevertheless, the pandemic also offers an opportunity to countries like Nepal for attracting FDI when the business enterprises are on the lookout for diversifying their investment amidst the growing uncertainty. PPP is emerging not only as a viable procurement strategy but also a vehicle for developing critical infrastructure in the developing countries. Nepal needs to be adapted to PPP process for accelerating economic
development. In such a context, the session will discuss how best Nepal can mobilize PPP investment to develop and construct infrastructure projects in Nepal.
Session Chair: Mr. Madhu Kumar Marasini, Secretary, Ministry of Finance

Panelist:

1) Mr. Keshab Kumar Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Transport

2) Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos, Country Director, The World Bank

3) Mr. Arnaud Cauchois, Country Director, Asian Development Bank

4) Mr. Radhesh Pant, Former CEO, Investment Board Nepal

5) Mr. Shekhar Golchha, President, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Moderator: Mr. Ramesh Adhikari, Under Secretary, Office of the Investment Board Nepal