Micro-enterprise Trade Fairs in Kathmandu and Kavre
Hon'ble Finance Minister Mr Barsha Man Pun inaugurated the Micro-enterprise Trade Fair 2012 on 21 Sept. In his inaugural speech, Minister Pun said that the government is committed to establish micro enterprises and make them 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 lauded the contribution of the Micro-enterprise Development Programme (MEDEP) in creating entrepreneurs from the hard core poor and the marginalized communities particularly of remote areas of Nepal, and said that it has directly contributed to the government's overarching goal of poverty reduction. During the closing ceremony on 25 Sept, Honourable Vice Chair of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Mr Deependra Bahadur Chhetri said that the government and the NPC are serious towards promoting micro-enterprise.
More than 20,000 buyers and observers visited the fair and purchased goods worth Rs 5 million. 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 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 National Micro Entrepreneurs Federation Nepal.
Mr Scott Dawson, First Assistant Director for South and West Asia of the AusAID and Ms Shoko Noda, Country Director of the UNDP, jointly inaugurated Kavre Micro-enterprise Trade Fair in Kavre district on 27 Sept. The Australian team also visited several micro-enterprises including a shoe-making enterprise operated by a group of local Dalit people, a tomato farm, etc. Mr Dawson expressed happiness over the sustainability of the micro-enterprise and the saving habit cultivated by the people.