July 22: Vishnu Kumar Agrawal has taken charge as the new president of the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI). The 18th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the CNI held on Wednesday (July 21) selected Agrawal as the new president of the organization.
Earlier, Agrawal was serving as senior vice president of the CNI. He has previously led the Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum at the CNI and has also served as the chairman of the infrastructure development committee of CNI.
Agarwal is a former football player and is currently promoting the Kathmandu Razors Football Club, winner of the Nepal Super League 2021.
Agrawal, the Managing Director of MAW Group of Companies, is also the Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic to Nepal.
Similarly, the general assembly of the confederation has elected 37 members for its National Council.
Amit More, Ratanlal Kedia, Rahul Kumar Agrawal, Sandeep Kumar Sharda, Varun Kumar Todi, Shulabh Agrawal, Amit Begani, Vikas Dugad, Rajesh Kumar Agrawal, Chandra Tandon, Anuj Agrawal and Arpit Agrawal are the new members of the council. Similarly, other newly elected members include Deepak Agrawal, Suraj Bhakta Poudel, Nirvana Chaudhary, Bikram Singhania, Dilip Agrawal, Sharad Tibdewala, Rohit Gupta, and Aditya Shanghai from the founding group.
Hemraj Dhakal, Nicholas Pandey, Virendra Raj Pandey, Varsha Shrestha, Laxmi Prasad Subedi, Guru Prasad Neupane, Rajiv Kumar Gupta, Raj Bahadur Shah, Pampha Dhamala, Ashish Garg, Dwiraj Sharma (Siwakoti), Ashok Sherchan, Tara Prasad Poudyal, and Hitesh Golchha, are the other new members of the council.
Likewise, Gokul Bhandari, Krishna Prasad Adhikari, and Basanta Bahadur Chand have been unanimously elected as members of the National Council from the institutional member group.
The AGM was inaugurated by Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Speaking at the inaugural ceremony, Prime Minister Deuba said that the Make in Nepal campaign would help in accelerating industrialization in Nepal, and also increase the production and consumption of Nepali goods. He also vowed to take the private sector into confidence to revive the economy hit by the pandemic.
Similarly, Finance Minister Janardan Sharma said that the pandemic has made the government realize the need for a self-reliant economy. He said that the Make in Nepal-Swadeshi campaign launched by the confederation would lay the foundation for a self-reliant economy.