There are currently 6,328 companies in Nepal registered under different categories (as of March 2016). The largest share of these (41%) are in the manufacturing sector, which has 2,585 companies, followed by the service and tourism sectors. As the manufacturing sector represents a major portion of the industry in Nepal, the development of this sector is important to the government in terms of generating employment opportunities, promoting trade, enhancing national income growth, and alleviating poverty. It also offers economies of scale, technological progress, output growth, productivity, positive spill-over effects and efficiency in terms of resource utilisation (compared to the agricultural sector, for example).
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