•      Mon Apr 22 2024

Bill on Secured Transaction as per spirit of constitution: Minister Pun

Barshaman Pun

Kathmandu, April 2: Minister for Finance Barshaman Pun has assured that the Secured Transaction Act-2063 BS would be amended to secure national and international transactions made by any agency operating in the country.

Minister Pun responded so while attending to the queries raised by the parliamentarians in the discussion on the Bill designed to amend the Act in today’s meeting of the Legislation Management Committee under the National Assembly.

Stating that changes in globalization, economic liberalization and information technology had driven changes in the nature, trend and methods of conducting economic transactions, the Minister claimed that the proposed Bill seeking an amendment to the Act was aligned with the spirit of the constitution.

“The proposed Bill does not contradict with the constitution. It is in accordance with the spirit of the constitution. As much as consistency has been maintained in the wordings used in the Act with original Nepali languages,” he explained.

Similarly, Committee’s chair Jayanti Rai expected everyone’s cooperation to standardize the Act so as to secure and streamline national and international monetary transactions.

She also spoke of the need to give legitimacy to the latest technologies being used in the economic sector.

An eight group of parliamentarians have sought amendment in 28 issues in the Act that was enacted in 2006. The Committee had sought suggestions and consultations from those seeking an amendment on the Act through the Bill.

Acts creating hurdles for investment will be amended: Finance Minister

Finance Minister Barshaman Pun has said various Acts creating obstacles for enabling an investment-friendly environment will be amended. Such amendments will take place before the Nepal Investment Summit scheduled for coming April 28-29.

During his meeting with International Monetary Fund (IMF) Resident Representative to Nepal, Teresa Daban, at the former’s office today, the Minister said the preparations are in the final phase for revising legal provisions considered unfavorable to promote the investment atmosphere, according to the Minister’s Secretariat.

Both houses of the Federal Parliament have already endorsed the Bill to amend certain laws related to the prevention of money laundering and promotion of the business environment and the government has already presented a bill related to banks and financial institutions in the parliament.

Highlighting Nepal’s preparations for graduating to a middle-income developing country from the category of the least developed country by 2026, the Minister shared with the IMF representative that Nepal pursued a policy of acquiring a concessional loan from its development partners.

The Minister apprised the IMF representative that Nepal’s economy slowed down by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war is gradually improving. The Government of Nepal has implemented a special action plan to control the revenue leakage, according to him.

A committee report about the tax system reform is being studied, according him, pledging to enhance the tax policies on the basis of the committee’s recommendations.

“Nepal faces no trade union issues as in the past, the culture of strike and shutdown on the political ground has been ended, he said, claiming that a rapid economic growth in the close neighbouring countries features Nepal as a suitable destination for foreign investment. However, the situation of capital expenditure is not satisfactory,” he said. As he assured, the expenditure capacity of government agencies will be enhanced.

In response, the IMF resident represent said Nepal’s latest economic indicators are good. She also pledged a high-level participation in the Nepal Investment Summit on behalf of the IMF. #Nepal