51st AGM of FNCCI begins today

Golchha, Pradhan in fray for the post of senior vice president

Published On: April 10, 2017 06:30 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, April 9: The 51st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) is scheduled to kick off on Monday.

The two-day AGM of the leading professional body of Nepali private sector, will, among others, elect a new leadership for the next three years. While incumbent senior vice president Bhawani Rana will be elevated to the post of the president, the AGM will elect the new senior vice president along with other three vice presidents and 59 executive members. The election for these posts will be held on Tuesday, according to the AGM schedule of the FNCCI.

Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal is scheduled to inaugurate the AGM on Monday morning. Over 1,000 delegates from across the country are participating in the AGM.

Shekhar Golchha and Kishor Pradhan are contesting for the post of senior vice president. As the senior vice president will be president-in-waiting, both the candidates have formed separate panels to ensure their leadership in the private sector's umbrella organization.  The efforts of the incumbent President Pashupati Murarka to elect the senior vice president unopposed are not yielding results. However, he told Republica that the efforts will continue till last minute of the election.

The panel led by Golchha, who is the incumbent vice president in the associate category, filed his candidacy on Sunday, while Pradhan registered his candidacy on Monday.

According to a new amendment to FNCCI Statute made in 2016, the senior vice president will be automatically elevated to the post of president after three years.

Dinesh Shrestha is competing for the post of vice president of Industry and Commerce category from Golchha panel, while Pramod Shrestha is in fray for vice president of Industry and Commerce from Pradhan's panel.

Shankar Prasad Pandey, Anup Bahadur Malla and Umesh Lal Shrestha are in race for the post of vice president in the Commodity category. 

According to FNCCI, Chandra Prasad Dhakal will become vice president from the associate member category, as no one else has filed candidacy for the post.

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