south asia watch on trade, economics and environment

In Focus

Supporting Economic Transformation: Pathways to Prosperity and Inclusive Job Creation in Nepal

26 October 2017, 09:00-14:00, Radisson Hotel, Kathmandu, Nepal

Building a consensus view of how Nepal can transform and create jobs in the future is crucial to incentivise policy action. However, there seems to be little or no political debate on job creation. This presents an opportunity to agree a consensus view and unifying, practical vision on how the country can transform and create jobs.

ODI’s Supporting Economic Transformation (SET) programme in collaboration with the South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) examined what can be done to ease Nepal’s constraints to job creation based on a new firm-level survey in four promising sectors: agro-processing; light manufacturing; information and communication technology (ICT); and tourism. The study examines major constraints to the firm-level growth and the Nepalese labour market in terms of labour market tightness and labour market skills and proposes general recommendations as well as sector-specific policy suggestions.

Supporting Economic Transformation (SET) is an applied research and advisory programme at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) funded by the UK Department for International Department (DFID).

South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE) is a Kathmandu based NGO and a leading think tank engaged in policy research, advocacy, capacity building, sensitization, and networking and alliance building.

Chief Guest

Hon’ble Dr. Swarnim Wagle, Vice Chairman, National Planning Commission

Tentative Agenda

09:00 – 09:15:  Registration & Welcome tea/coffee

09:15 – 10:20:  Welcome remarks, introduction, and key remarks from the distinguished guests

10:20 – 10:35:  Tea/Coffee break

10:35 – 13:00:  Technical Session—Presentation, Comments from experts, and discussion

13:00 – 14:00:  Lunch

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