Forget the Government [FIRST EDITORIAL]

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 Forget the Government [FIRST EDITORIAL]

Blaming the government for anything that goes wrong seems to be the usual pastime as well as the business of the private sector. After a short lull of several months, the carpetwallahs have once again started complaining that the government has not been so helpful to them. Added now are the complaints from the Pashminawallahs, who have started noticing their export orders gradually declining. The tourism sector too was doing the same before the imposition of Essential Services Act on this sector following the 10% service charge dispute on hotel services.

To blame the government for something that is created by the business itself may not be regarded as the right attitude. If the Nepali carpets lost their market overseas, it was the result of the deterioration in the quality and loss of image of the product for which the carpet industrialists alone should be blamed. First they did it by using Azo dyes and then by exploitation of child labour. Now the Pashmina industrialists, by using wrong raw material, are repeating that very mistake. Hoteliers are still doing it by heavy discrimination in the pay for the lower and upper level employees.

Such generalization is course not whole truth. There certainly are genuine entrepreneurs who constantly innovate and improve their business, and in process are benefiting themselves employees as well society general. These are the types of entrepreneurs whom the famous economist Joseph Schumpeter was full praise. He has  gone to the extent declaring that because such people, capitalism was not to face the demise that Karl Marx had prophesied. Schumpeter has indeed proved true.

Given that such entrepreneurs exist Nepali society, it now logical society to expect something out of them.  Though it may sound far-fetched now to expect that someone from that group will prove to be  Thaksin Shinawatra, an IT entrepreneur of Thailand who is now Prime Minister country, such people should least take the lead of their respective business communities and to weed out the elements that believe it to be their right to take continuous dole-outs from the government which invariably picks deeper into pockets ordinary citizens to gratify these so-called industrialists.

Such effort from business leaders is more urgent now as both of called leaders from the business associations and political field have failed to deliver on their promises

The beginning can be made by such people forming some tightly held associations. If the genuine entrepreneurs of carpet and Pashmina do it in their respective field and limit the membership to only those who fulfil and maintain certain quality standards, the certification from such associations will serve as a quality control mechanism for these products. Quality will survive and fetch premium price, thereby such an association will be able to spend for collective marketing abroad. Then the model may automatically be replicated in other sectors and the industries may not have to depend on the government for everything.

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