Finance Minister calls for increasing export

Kathmandu, January 14: Finance Minister Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada has said that as investment from the government alone was not possible to bring prosperity to the nation, the participation of the private sector was inevitable.

Addressing a program held to mark the 70th anniversary of Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) here yesterday, he said that the government has accordingly introduced private sector-friendly laws in order to take the private sector on board the path towards prosperity.

Emphasizing the need to increase imports in order to minimize the trade deficit of the country, Finance Minister Khatiwada called for investment in the export-oriented industries. Minister of State for Industry, Commerce and Supplies Moti Lal Dugad said the government was doing its best to promote industrial and professional atmosphere in the country.

President, NCC, Rajesh Kaji Shrestha said that the lack of concrete policy and program of the government to promote export, scarcity of raw materials, poor infrastructure network, administrative hassles and lack of skills human resources are challenges to tackle to minimize the trade deficit of the country. The NCC brings together 86 institutional associations and 21 sub-national chambers of commerce and industry.

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