KATHMANDU : A high-level team of Nepal government led by Honorable Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supply Mr. Lekh Raj Bhatta recently inspected various industrial infrastructures in Bagmati, Lumbini and Sudurpaschim provinces. Other members of the team were Industry Secretary Mr. Chandra Kumar Ghimire, Commerce Secretary Mr. Baikuntha Aryal and CEO of Office of the Investment Board Nepal Mr. Sushil Bhatta.
The team observed the sites of dry ports, industrial estates, industrial villages and proposed Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Kanchanpur, Kailali, Banke, Rupandehi and Chitwan on 30th October-4th November. The key purpose of the six-day visit was to take stock of industrial infrastructures in the visited districts and collect sugessions from relevant local stakeholders on the construction and development of such industrial infrastructues and future steps to be taken by the government for their implementation. The visit was instrumental to indentify fresh perception of the local stakeholders about the signficance of those industrial infrastructues. The four-member team interacted with local business people, people’s representatives, local governent agency officials during observation of Attariya -Dhangadi Industrial Corridor, Haraiya SEZ, Lamki Industrial Estate, Naubasta Industrial Estate, Daiji (Chhela ) industrial estate, Khajura Industrail Village, Butwal ( Motipur) Industrial Estate,Tilottam Industrial Village and Saktikhor Industrial Estate. During the field inspection, Honorable minister Mr. Bhatta annouced that government would establish dry port and transnational economic zone at Mayapur and Gaurishankar community forest area of Mahakali Municipality-1 of Kanchanpur district. Commerce secretary Mr. Aryal said process of developing the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed dryport would move forward soon. Industry secretary Mr. Ghimire said industrial infrastructures are necessary to promote exports of Nepali products to internatrional market by boosting competitive edge of Nepali industries. CEO of OIBN Mr. Bhatta expressed his commitment to extending suppport to bring in investment and asssured of necessary facilitation for the implementation of the proposed industrial infrastructures. During the interaction with the team, local stakeholders demanded that all federal, provincial and local governments move forward jointly to acelerate the process of implementing the planned industrial infrastructures. They also asked Investment Board Nepal to play special role to promote investment for the developemnt of industrial infrastructure and industries in Nepal.