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Cottege Industry Federation calls for small industries as priority sector



Kathmandu, Nov 28: Declaring the micro, cottage and small industries as the priority sector like agriculture has been demanded in order to build self-reliant economy and reduce trade deficit.

At a policy-level talks programme organised by Federation of Nepali Cottage and Small Industries, Nepal, here on Tuesday, stakeholders pointed out that micro, cottage and small industries, which help to build self-sufficient economy and reduce trade deficit, should be declared as the priority sector like agriculture.

On the occasion, Federation President Umesh Prasad Singh stressed that it would help to build a prosperous economy if the micro, cottage and small industries could be promoted through Industrial Enterprises Act.

He pointed out the need of making a concrete action plan and implementing it for import substitution, export promotion, employment creation and production increase for economic prosperity and development.

Singh urged to support in development of ‘Virtual Market Place’, operated commercially by the private sector.

Saying the practice of charging 300 per cent fine when industries fail to renew should be stopped, outgoing President of the Federation, Shyam Prasad Giri, stressed that act, rules and work procedure of federation, province and local-level should complement each other.

Bagmati province government minister for economic affairs and planning, Bahadur Singh Lama, said the small, cottage and micro enterprises should be expanded into large-scale industries by promoting and upscaling them.

He added that the small industries were not growing as they were centred more on importing than on production.

Stating that the small industries needed protection, the province government minister stated his ministry was positive on building an international-standard exhibition centre.

Bagmati province government’s minister for industry, Ram Krishna Chitrakar stressed on revising the Acts designed to implement the federalism. He added that although the Provincial Industrial Policy has not been made so far, it is in the process of formulation.

Former Finance Secretary Shishir Dhungana and former Industry Secretary Yam Kumari Khatiwada presented working papers on subjects that needed to be incorporated in and amended in the province’s Industrial Enterprises Act.

Bagmati province government’s minister for tourism Pukar Maharjan, minister for forests Masina Khadka, joint secretaries at the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies, Govinda Bahadur Karki and Jiblal Bhusal, Director-General of the Department of Industries Baburam Gautam, Bagmati province Industry Ministry secretary Govinda Risal, Bagmati province Industry Division Chief Jhamanath Kandel, Bagmati province Industry and Commerce Directorate’s director Govinda Sigdel and Federation senior vice-president Surya Kandel spoke on various issues related to the cottage, small and micro enterprises.

The programme was organised jointly by the Federation and USAID Trade and Competitiveness.