Remittance That HAS Contributed Significantly to Nepal's s is Considered Backbone for Nepal's Development. ACCORDING to Dan Bahadur Tamang , Managing Director of Around the World Services (P) Ltd , an Overseas Employment Consultant, Nepal CAN Managing Director a Prosperous Country if the Government Generates Adequate Employment . opportunities Excerpts:
Save the savior
Having being involved in employment industry for the last 17 years, what is your assessment on Nepal's overseas employment policy?
It's been 29 years since the legalization of overseas employment. However, unfortunately, despite mushrooming employment agencies, this sector is moving at snail's pace owing to government's apathy. Candidly speaking, the quality of service is not praiseworthy.
Who is responsible? Government or the recruiting agencies?
I would say, it is the policy-makers' lack of vision and plan to make reforms in this sector. Failure to generate employment opportunities within the country is also another misfortune for the nation. As far as the role of Nepal Association of Foreign Employment Agencies (NAFEA) is concerned, it has highly contributed to enhance country's economy.
Can you elaborate on this?
I would promptly say that Nepal's economy would have collapsed had foreign employment agencies not contributed through remittance. Remittance has contributed significantly to Nepal's economic development. Currently, at least 15 hundred to 2 thousand Nepalese youths fly overseas every day for employment. More importantly, approximately 1 billion NRs is collected as remittance in a day. Unfortunately, the political leaders and the government are least bothered to reform this sector. No concrete measures have been taken so far to uplift this sector.
What needs to be done to ensure economic development?
The government should open up employment opportunities in the country. If not, it should not bar youths from seeking overseas employment. Unemployment can lead to unfortunate circumstances or even chaotic situation. Therefore, the government should have a vision to ensure employment opportunities in the country . Ironically, the country's development budget freezes every year. Youths are compelled to leave the country for future prospects. Instead of engaging in blame-game politics, political leaders should learn from neighboring country like China, which has now become the global leader in economy .
Based on your experience, what areas should Nepal focus on?
The basic focus should be further augmenting hospitality industry. Being a picturesque country with majestic Himalayas, flora and fauna, Nepal should not delay in setting a brand in hospitality to attract international tourists.
It has been feared that exodus of Nepali youths to foreign countries will ultimately bring negative impact to country's development. How do you analyze this situation?
As I said earlier, despite the exodus, Nepal has a bright future. The reason is again remittance. As Nepal Rastra Bank's macro-economic data reveals, Nepal received some 450 billion rupees in the last fiscal year, as remittance. However, this is an option, not solution. So far, the government has opened 109 countries for employment. But we send youths to, say, some 20 countries. We also opened Hong Kong for employment in 2002. We need to train them beforehand. We received offer from a company of Taiwan seeking more than 4 thousand workers.
Any career tips for the fresh college graduates?
There are, of course, lots of opportunities here. However, youths should opt for technical education and know-how. For example, when Nepalese can toil for several hours in 40 degree Celsius in the foreign land, what bars them from exploring career- oriented occupation or self-employment here? Choices are numerous ranging from organic farming to scientific agriculture, cattle rearing, Information Technology (IT), among others. All you need is commitment and enthusiasm, not unhealthy competition. Sadly enough, our country lacks vocational . education Take for instance: many Indians have excelled in IT across the world At least, our government should create a suitable environment for Nepalese to compete in the international arena..