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Kedar Neupane

The author is a founding board member of Nepal Policy Institute, an independent non-political international think tank, and a former staff of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Can Nepal absorb the shockwaves of stagflation and growth myth?

Published On: June 18, 2022 11:00 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

We are not sacrosanct to global events and sustain some forms of impact because Nepal heavily depends on imports of basic food items. It is difficult to foresee how Nepal will navigate through this at the end of the economic tunnel of the projected high growth and join the club with other middle-income countries like China, Bangladesh and Vietnam, for example.

Travesty of economic aspirations in Nepal

Published On: March 1, 2021 07:15 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

How will corrupt system of political governance, devoid of meritocracy and efficiency, deliver public service in honesty and free us from anarchy of political cartel?

Declare Emergency

Published On: April 11, 2020 09:21 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Supreme Court of Nepal has delivered a landmark verdict reconfirming the protection of Nepali citizens wherever they are in times of pandemic. This comes at times of rising corruption in government involving the procurement of life-saving personal protection equipment urgently needed for the protection of frontline health workers. Transferring procurement responsibility to Nepal Army does not resolve the crises which emerged from governance failures. This action only reflects the government’s move to deflect public attention and scrutiny away from government inefficiency.

Road to apocalypse

Published On: March 11, 2020 09:13 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Nepal is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change. Major climate stressors here are rising temperatures, increased floods, landslides and droughts. All major rivers, the agricultural lifelines, receive freshwater supply from melting snows and glaciers, and seasonal monsoon rainfall. Changes in the length, intensity and the amount of water flow in these river systems will adversely affect the population, eco-systems and biodiversity. Situation will be dire for majority of Nepal’s population who live in rural areas and survive on small-scale agriculture.

Failing on economy

Published On: September 29, 2019 01:05 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Political economy and interdependence refer to bonding relationships where parties mutually rely on each other, adapting to better management of harmony, togetherness and autonomy. This requires letting go co-dependence, ego and extreme independence. However, socio-cultural environmental norms teach us to be strong, never to be weak or reveal weaknesses to others or depend on others. Growing up in such a socio-cultural setting might keep us disconnected from developments and trends occurring elsewhere.

Expediting development

Published On: July 21, 2019 08:29 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

A follow-up interaction session between National Planning Commission (NPC), attended by a senior member of the commission, and Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) was held in Bangkok on May 29 this year. During the session, NPI recalled priority issues which were proposed as development planning goals in areas of (1) food security, for Nepal’s imports of basic food items have not abated (2) lifting restrictions on foreign direct investment and (3) inducting economic diplomacy as top foreign policy instrument.

Planning for development

Published On: May 1, 2019 01:25 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Last March one event related to the preparation of long-term periodic development plan for Nepal was discussed at the Development Council chaired by Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli. Earlier to that, Nepal Policy Institute (NPI), together with some Nepali diaspora scholars, had organized an interaction program in Bangkok with Vice-Chair of National Planning Commission (NPC) and senior government officials.

Restricting investment

Published On: March 14, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Nepal must adopt liberal laws and provide much better opportunities than other Asian countries if it is to become an attractive foreign investment destination

Road to misrule

Published On: January 9, 2019 01:30 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Lawmakers must act on measures to curb abuse of authority and impose harsh sanctions against those implicated and accused of robbing tax payers

Toward better economy

Published On: May 16, 2018 12:29 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Nepal’s economy would have long collapsed without remittances for imports have sky-rocketed while exports continue to plummet

Missed opportunities

Published On: May 6, 2018 12:42 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Two economically powerful countries are our permanent neighbors. They should be Nepal’s natural strategic partners for development.

Way forward for Nepal

Published On: February 14, 2018 12:31 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Way forward is embracing economic pragmatism based on market alliance, trade, and technology with robust social compact.

Failing SAARC

Published On: October 18, 2016 12:25 AM NPT By: Kedar Neupane

Nepal no longer carries any moral and political weight to influence events in South Asia