8th National HR Conference 2019

Clarion call to produce human resources to match the market demand

Published On: September 8, 2019 02:25 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Minister for Labour, Employment and Social Security Gokarna Bista has underlined the need for developing human resources and workforce in line with the demand of labor market.

Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of 8th National HR Conference 2019 in Kathmandu on Friday, Bista said that there should be a concerted effort in producing skilled human resources to match the demand of the market.

Human Resources Society Nepal (HRSN), a professional not-for-profit registered organization, organized the conference with a theme 'Upskilling and Reskilling HR'.

Over 250 HR and management professionals representing national and international banks, financial institutes, multinational companies, INGOs, NGOs, manufacturing firms, information technology firms, insurers, construction firms and consulting firms, among others, participated in the conference.

“Skilled human resources should be created in line with the demand of the labor market. Otherwise, there will be situation where people will not get employment opportunities while labor market will face shortage of skilled manpower,” Minister Bista said.

He added that the government is planning to produce skilled human resources required for the local units under the new federal set up. “The government has decided to produce skilled manpower for local units which will meet out local requirement. The new education policy is also directed toward addressing the human resource gap seen in the country,” he added.

Also speaking at the conference, Mohan Ojha, president of HRSN, said that the country was facing the shortage of skilled manpower as the issue of human capital has not received priority. He also urged the government to create 'Ministry of Human Resources' to work toward development of capable human resources in the country.

Releasing preliminary findings of 'Nepal Skills Report' at the conference, Mohan Das Manandhar, the coordinator of the research team, said that the country's strategy to produce capable and skilled human resources was poor. Stating that hurdles related to land, production, capital and labor were holding the development of the country back, he said that there was a gap between the type of available skilled human resource and required human capital in the market.

Other prominent national and international speakers also addressed the conference.

Anil Puri, the head of HR-Corporate of Dabur Nepal Pvt Ltd, has been announced as the 'HR Manager of the Year 2019'. Puri was handed over the award during the conference.

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