KATHMANDU, April 11: A delegation of the South Asian Women Development Forum (SADF) headed by President Pramila Acharya Rijal paid a courtesy call on the newly-elected Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal at the PM’s office in Baluwatar.
According to the statement issued by the SAWDF, President Rijal briefed the Prime Minister Dahal about the First Women Entrepreneurs Green Industrial Park project, initiated by South Asian Women Development Forum (SAWDF), in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies and Panchkhal Municipality at Hokse, Panchkhal Municipality in Bagmati Province during the meeting.
The park will be branded and promoted as a “Agri-Tourism Green Industrial Park,” with the goal of advancing Nepal’s green industrial concept through well integrated climate change adaptation strategies. This innovative project will establish 50 small industries related to the agro-food sector as well as the tourism- focused service sector which is the first of its kind in Nepal and the second in South Asia.
Mahesh Kharel, Mayor of Panchkhal Municipality, highlighted the benefits of the project, with increased productivity for farmers, creation of high-quality processing infrastructure, an efficient supply chain system, with significant direct and indirect employment generation.
A memorandum was also handed over to Prime Minister Dahal requesting him to support the Green Industrial Park by allocating a budget under the Special Program for Women Entrepreneurs of the Government of Nepal. The delegation urged the government to create a law in the form of the Women Entrepreneurs Green Industrial Park Act for establishing similar parks in six other provinces.
The memorandum stressed on the importance of women entrepreneurs' role in the national economy with a focus on implementing such projects, which would create a conducive environment for micro, small and medium women entrepreneurs.