The Himalayan Times, 21 Nov 2017
KATHMANDU: Public-private sectors should work in a coordinated way to meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs) stressed representatives from organisations concerned.
The SDGs also known global goals aim to eliminate all sorts of poverty from the entire world by 2030 AD and attain economic progress.
The SDGs, a set of 17 goals, are the United Nations universal call to act against 169 targets to end all sorts of poverty, achieve gender equality and social justice and so on.
At a programme on “role of private sector for sustainable development” organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Nepal-based Embassy of Republic of Korea (RoK) here today, public-private cooperation was stressed to achieve the goals of sustainable development.
Programme participants were univocal that private sector’s role was vital in poverty eradication and the creation of investment-friendly atmosphere was a must to encourage the private sphere to contribute to efforts aim to alleviate poverty.
Though Nepal has abundant potentialities for investment in agriculture, tourism and energy, such potentialities have not been tried much, they said, insisting on the need to take measures to bring additional foreign investment to home.
National Planning Commission vice-chair Dr Swarnim Wagle who was present on the occasion said the government had formulated its policies, plans and programmes in tune with the SDGs. “Nepal has witnessed significant improvements in the areas of health and education in the recent years and the government is doing a role of facilitator to promote domestic and foreign investment in big projects.”
Secretary at the Ministry of Industry, Yam Kumari Khatiwada, shared that the government had accorded its priority to the creation of atmosphere friendly to youths so that they could utilise their skills and knowledge at home.
Global Compact Nepal vice-chair Pradeep Vaidya highlighted on the importance of public-private coordination to see progress against targets covered by the SDGs.
RoK’s Ambassador for Nepal Park Young-Sik was of the view that proper utilisation of agro, tourism and hydropower sectors would help Nepal achieve the SDGs.
UNDP Resident Representative in Nepal Valerie Julliand suggested that Nepal should lay its focus on economic progress to achieve the goals of sustainable development.