Parties’ Economic Agenda in CA Election

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Kathmandu, October 6: Former finance ministers of three major political parties shared the policy of their parties on the economic agenda in view of the upcoming Constituent Assembly election here Sunday.

At a programme organized by the Samriddhi Foundation in partnership with the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) in the capital city, former finance minister from the CPN-UML, Bharat Mohan Adhikari, said his party was following the three pillar model for economic growth.

The CPN-UML has always shown its commitment towards growth, prosperity and encouragement of private sector in the process, he said, adding that load shedding would be ended in five years as per the party’s vision by building large and medium size projects.

Similarly, former finance minister from the Nepali Congress, Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, said prosperity could be ensured through human effort, creativity and economic freedom. The role of the state is to facilitate this, he said adding that his party would give continuity to this philosophy in the upcoming election agenda.

According to him, the Nepali Congress’s liberalization of the 90s had expanded the private sector to the level it is today and now focus has to be drawn on creating wealth, which will in turn, help us tend our social security needs.

Another former finance minister from the CPN-UML, Surendra Pandey, said the party regarded prosperity as patriotism, cooperative as part of private sector and use of technology to address corruption. These would key economic agenda in the coming CA of our party, he said.

UCPN-Maoist’s leader Barsha Man Pun, also a former finance minister, said inclusive democracy, shared prosperity and bringing in more foreign investment in Nepal were in the party’s economic agenda in election.

On the occasion, senior economist and professor Dr Madan Kumar Dahal suggested for a small government for better governance and economy.

Another economist Dr Bhola Chalise said the main problem in economic reforms was that political parties were completely unaware of the policy reform agendas. For example. in the hydro sector, introducing competition in licensing, Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and the like could address a lot of problems in the sector, he added.

President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Suraj Vaidya, said political parties were in need of setting minimum economic agenda as a way ahead for economic prosperity.

He mentioned that Nepal had the highest minimum wage in South Asia and yet the productivity very low. RSS

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