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Finance Minister inaugurates Micro-enterprise Trade Fair


Kathmandu, 25 September 2012 - Honourable Finance Minister Mr Barsha Man Pun inaugurated the Micro-enterprise Trade Fair 2012 amid a function here on 21 September. Following the opening of the event, Minister Pun observed the stalls with keen interest.

In his inaugural speech, the Finance Minister said that the government was committed to establish, operate and to make micro-enterprise sustainable. "The government of Nepal has been according priority to the micro-enterprise sector and has been allocating an increasing amount of budget every year," he said.

He also said that the contribution made by the Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) to making the hard core poor and the marginalized communities particularly of remote areas of Nepal entrepreneurs is praiseworthy.

"Being impressed by the work of MEDEP, Nepal government has replicated this programme in 45 districts as Micro-enterprise for Poverty Alleviation (MEDPA) and the government would expand this programme to all 75 districts," he added.


Honourable Minister for Finance Mr Barsha Man Pun, Chief Guest, (third from left) inaugurates the National Micro-enterprise Trade Fair 2012 by lighting an oil-fed lamp at Exhibition Road, Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu on 21 September.

Expressing satisfaction over the achievement of MEDEP in creating more than 53,000 entrepreneurs over the years, honourable Minister said that it has directly contributed to the government's overarching goal of poverty reduction.

Minister Pun thanked the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), New Zealand Aid and the DFID for their contribution to MEDEP during different phases of the programme.

Expressing hope of continued support from the donors in the years to come, the Finance Minister said that Finance Ministry had decided to provide 500,000 rupees to support the organization of the Trade Fair and committed to extend such support in future as well. He also suggested the micro-entrepreneurs to be united, and to organize such fairs in other parts of the country in future.


Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal (first from left) observes the products and interacts with micro-enrepreneurs atthe National Micro-entrepreneurs' Trade Fair 2012 while Dr Lakshman Pun, National Programme Manager of Micro-enterprise Development Programme (third from left) facilitates her.

Ms Kesh Kumari Pariyar, Chair of the National Micro-entrepreneurs' Federation Nepal (NMEFEN) in her valedictory speech asked the government to allocate bigger amount of budget for the promotion of micro-enterprises if the government was serious towards alleviating poverty from Nepal.

"It is the micro-enterprise that alone can bring economic and social changes in the lives of Women, Dalits, Indigenous Nationalities, Madheshis and other hard core poor and marginalized communities. Therefore, the government should protect and promote the rights of micro-entrepreneurs through the Industrial Enterprise Act, which is in the process of being finalized," she said.

The entrepreneurs created during the first and second phases of MEDEP had become sustainable, but those created during the third phase had not been sustainable yet, therefore, the government and the donors should extend the term of MEDEP in order to make the enterprises sustainable, she said.

Ms Kesh Kumari Pariyar, Chair of the National Micro-entrepreneurs' Federation Nepal (NMEFEN) in her valedictory speech asked the government to allocate bigger amount of budget for the promotion of micro-enterprises if the government was serious towards alleviating poverty from Nepal.

"It is the micro-enterprise that alone can bring economic and social changes in the lives of Women, Dalits, Indigenous Nationalities, Madheshis and other hard core poor and marginalized communities. Therefore, the government should protect and promote the rights of micro-entrepreneurs through the Industrial Enterprise Act, which is in the process of being finalized," she said.

The entrepreneurs created during the first and second phases of MEDEP had become sustainable, but those created during the third phase had not been sustainable yet, therefore, the government and the donors should extend the term of MEDEP in order to make the enterprises sustainable, she said.  

She also praised Her Excellency Ms Susan Grace, the Australian Ambassador to Nepal, for taking time out of her busy schedule for visiting the entrepreneurs in different remote places and for encouraging them.

Mr Anil Kumar Thakur, National Programme Director of MEDEP and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, said that the fair was the first of its kind held in Nepal. He added that MEDEP had been focusing on the hard core people living on the fringes of the society as out of 53,111 micro-entrepreneurs 68% are women, 24% Dalits, 36% Indigenous Nationalities and 40% others.

"To produce a micro-entrepreneur at a cost of Rs 23,000 is one of the strongest aspects of this programme. Another important fact is that in the working areas of MEDEP per capita income (PCI) of the entrepreneurs has increased by 512.5 % whereas the PCI of the non-participants has gone up by 192% only," he said, quoting an independent Impact Assessment Report published in 2010.

This programme had been supporting the government of Nepal in achieving its overarching goal of poverty reduction as it contributed directly to the first, second, third, sixth, and seventh goals of the Millennium Development Goals, he further said.  

Micro-entrepreneurs from 38 districts participated in the five-day Trade Fir organized by the NMEFEN. There were 53 stalls of more than 200 types of productions. More than 20,000 buyers and observers visited the fair and purchased goods worth Rs 5 million.

Honourable Vice-Chair of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Mr Deependra Bahadur Chhetri, speaking as the Chief Gust during the closing function of the fair on 25 September, said that the government and the NPC was serious towards promoting micro-enterprise and had been earmarking budget annually, and expressed commitment that the budget for the sector would be increased in future.

He also expressed satisfaction over the achievement of the entrepreneurs and their success in organizing a national-level trade fair for the first time.

Promoted by MEDEP and supported by the Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Finance, the UNDP, AusAID and CIDA, the event was organized in cooperation with the Federation of Handicrafts Association of Nepal, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, and Saugat Micro-promotion Pvt. Ltd, a sales outlet of the NMEFEN.




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