Good to Know Medicine in Good Health
It was very good news that the domestic pharma industry has managed to remain in good health despite the major earthquake and India’s unofficial blockade (cover story ‘The Health of Nepali Pharma Industry’, NBA, Feb 2016). Not only that they also showed prompt initiatives to the people in need through different CSR activities and ensuring smooth supply at fixed prices. After reading the views of pharma industry captains, I think the industry is in need of some supportive government policies. The government should heed toothier pleas not only because it is an industry with social benefits, but also because the companies have shown their commitment to develop it to the next level and they have proved capable of delivering on their promise. As Nepali pharma covers 45-50 percent of the market share even with the troubled economic environment of the country, the government should assure a good working environment for medicine manufacturers. Not only that, the need for ancillary industries is equally important for the effective and efficient production of medicine.
- Agyat Luitel, Koteshowr
Focus on Corporates Outside the Valley
I am a regular reader of your magazine. I especially never miss the ‘Corporate Focus’. Reading about the different corporate houses, their ups and downs lets us know many things. Though it covers every aspects of a corporate house, I still feel like something is missing. There are lots of corporate houses outside the valley too. Since your magazine reaches other major cities besides Kathmandu, why don’t you write about them? I think we will get to know more about them too.
- Rashmi Silwal, Banepa
High Time to Harness Hydro
I read with great interest the article ‘Internal Resource mobilisation for hydropower development’ by Prof. Dr. Kamal Raj Dhungel (NBA, Feb 2016). A rational utilisation of water resources will open up numerous opportunities for both skilled and unskilled labour forces and also help in mobilising domestic and foreign capital. Both the private and public sectors are making efforts to develop hydropower. They have mobilised local funds to develop a number of hydropower projects. However, the problem still lies in infrastructure development which is essential for any kind of business. Nepal’s business environment is not favourable from business perspective. The investment in hydropower is still not satisfactory despite the huge potential.
- Soni Nepal, Bhairahawa
Deepak Raj Joshi and NTB
I found the interview of Deepak Raj Joshi, Chief Executive officer of the Nepal Tourism Board (NBA, Feb 2016 covered many issues. Yes, tourism is a business and our country has huge potential here. We have the platform where investors can find good returns from the tourism sector. For this, this sector needs top priority attention from all the other sectors as well. It is true that to develop the tourism sector, a regulating body needs to highlight digital marketing and social media marketing as traditional mediums are expensive and less effective. Recent, positive news has to be spread among our potential visitors to mitigate the negativity that arose after the earthquake.
--Amrit Maharjan, via e-mail
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