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MEDEP Organizes Micro-Enterprise Exhibition and Trade Fair

Nepalgunj 22 November 2011 - His Royal Highness Crown Prince of Norway Mr Haakon Magnus, Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Her Excellency Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP, jointly inaugurated the Micro-Enterprise Exhibition and Trade Fair 2011, cutting a red ribbon amid a special function organized at Nepalgunj, Banke on 22 November, 2011.

His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Excellency the Administrator were welcomed by a group of people comprising Ms Kesha Pariyar, Chairperson of National Federation of Micro-Entrepreneurs' Association Nepal, Mr Bhaskar Raj Rajkarnikar, Acting Chair of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Dr Lazima Onta-Bhatta, Assistant Country Director of the UNDP, Dr Lakshman Pun, National Programme Manager of Micro-Enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP), and Nabina Shrestha, Programme Officer of the UNDP by offering bouquets.

Upon arrival, musical bands played their traditional and modern music and a group of Tharu girls attired in traditional costumes also welcomed the the distinguished guests.


From left, Her Excellency Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP; His Royal Highness Crown prince of Norway Hakoon Magnus, UN Resident Representative Mr Robert Piper and UNDP Country Director Shoko Noda after the inaugural function. 

Soon after inaugurating the 3-day Expo-cum-Trade Fair, His Royal Highness the Crown Prince and Her Excellency were ushered in by senior officials of the UNDP to the stalls. The dignitaries were flanked by the press and other guests. The group of the Crown Prince was led by Dr Lakshman Pun and Dr Lazima Onta-Bhatta while that of Her Excellency by Ms Nabina Shrestha.
Senior officials from MEDEP facilitated the stall observation by the dignitaries interpreting the micro-entrepreneurs as required. A good number of journalists from the mainstream media were invited to cover the event. The honourable guests along with other members observed different stalls with keen interest. The Crown Prince and Her Excellency also interacted with a number of entrepreneurs and inquired about the process of their products. The dignitaries also purchased goods from various stalls.

Micro-entrepreneurs from 36 districts of Nepal covering all development regions took part in the expo. The stalls were divided into three main categories. Green, Service, and Agro-based and emerging one. There were 38 stalls of tailoring, cooking stove, blacksmithery, dolls, cyber café, beauty salon, bio-briquette, dhaka, Laha bangle, thanka, Mithila art, woollen goods, Pater, nettle powder and mushroom, bamboo, spice, pulse, fruit juice, Mujh, Babiyo rope, honey, Allo,  herbal soap, tourism, and a stall of the Red Cross.

Some of the entrepreneurs also made a good sale on the first day itself as the high level visitors purchased many goods from different stalls. One of such lucky enterprises was thanka painting which sold paintings worth rupees 60,000 within an hour. 

Upon completion of observing the stalls, the distinguished guests were formally welcomed by the Chief of the Department of Cottage and Small Industries, the Department of Industries, Ministry of Industry, Nepal Government. Robert Piper, Resident Representative of the UN and Shoko Nodo, Country Director of the UNDP accompanied the distinguished guests during the entire programme.

Then Her Excellency Ms Helen Clark delivered speech in English which was translated into Nepali extempore by Ram Sharan Sedhai, Communication and Documentation Specialist, the MC. Her Excellency expressed happiness over the achievement made by MEDEP and appreciated the efforts of the micro-entrepreneurs.

After that, Ms Kesha Pariyar presented souvenir to the distinguished guests. The formal programme came to a close after the journalists asked questions to the Crown Prince. His Royal Highness said that Nepal had been making good progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals and added that financial support from Norway would continue in the future as well.

The national and local journalists also covered the inaugural session of the three-day expo. The electronic media – local FM radio stations and the national TV channels broadcast the news the same day. Kantipur TV, Himalayan TV, ABC TV – national channels and Nepalgunj-based Bageshwari FM also covered the news of the event on that day during their prime hour news bulletins.


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