Dr Ratnakar Adhikari, is the Executive Director of Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) -- a mechanism established by the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Trade Centre (ITC) and United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for supporting the trade-related capacity development of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Among 46 LDCs and three recently graduated countries, Nepal is one of the countries receiving assistance for three projects to build its supply capacity. Pushpa Raj Acharya of Republica talked with Adhikari on the various aspects of EIF’s cooperation in trade capacity development of the LDCs including Nepal. Excerpts:
What is your assessment about the effectiveness of EIF’s support to the Least Developed Countries including Nepal?
While Nepali Congress and CPN-UML government has been a terrible failure in vital issues, including appointing 26 members and giving full shape to CA and heads in various constitutional bodies even after seven months, coalition partners are exchanging war of words. UML accuses Congress of ignoring seven-point deal and endorsing President and Vice-President through the Parliament. A section of Nepali Congress says the issue has lost relevance.
Some like Central Working Committee member Dr Shekhar Koirala has suggested UML might as well walk away if it is not satisfied with government functioning. What is cooking up between the two parties? How will NC-UML relation go ahead in the coming days? Mahabir Paudyal and Kosh Raj Koirala caught up with Dr Koirala Wednesday afternoon at NC’s Parliamentary Party Office, Singha Durbar.
Abhinav Narsingh Rana is the new general manager of Hotel Annapurna. Rana has more than two decades of experience in the hotel industry. Kriti Bhuju of Republica recently talked to Rana on different issues related to Nepali tourism industry as well as his hotel. Excerpts:
You have been recently appointed as the general manager of Hotel Annapura. What are your main challenges?
The main challenge for me is to preserve the prevailing hospitality culture. Besides, I will be focusing more on service with empathy as this is what our guests want. I will be focusing more on communication skills, both internal and external, as this directly enhances the guest experience at the hotel and creates unique impression. The guests can take back nothing except the memories and I want them to take home the everlasting memories at our hotel by providing them better service.
Bijay Rajbhandary, chairman and managing director of CE Construction, is a reputed figure in the country’s real estate sector. He is at the helm of more than a dozen companies. On the eve of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nepal visit, Pushpa Raj Acharya of Republica talked with Rajbhandary to know the agendas that the Nepali private sector is raising during in the meeting with Modi. Excerpts:
Indian Prime Minister is visiting Nepal after a gap of 17 years. Do you think this visit will be the milestone for Nepal-India relations?
I am very much optimistic about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. He is a ‘development man’. He has done so much for the development of Gujarat as well as India. Not only that, Modi is equally concerned about the development of neighboring countries. We have great expectations from his visit.