More Articles by Shankar Sharma

Shankar Sharma is the Team Leader at the Economic Policy Incubator, supported by Ministry of Finance and DFID. He is also a member of the Advisory Board at Nepal Economic Forum.
Jul 2016
Largely perceived to be a developing nation, Nepal endeavors to attain certain growth benchmarks in the next 15 years or so. In this light, the present circumstances however project contrasting elements of growth, exhibiting major disparities. Looking at the last 10 - 15 years, Nepal’s overall economic growth rate hovers around an average of 4%. Of late, this growth has faltered further, with estimates of rates as low as 0.77%, owing to economic shocks initially due to the earthquake and later by the supply chain disruption resulting from political agitations and blockade. This economic downturn has compounded on the already high disparity across various facets as well as incidence of poverty. Read more
Oct 2017
Macroeconomic situation of Nepal is satisfactory, but the foundation of growth is weak due to structural impediments and institutional challenges. The government’s present target to graduate to middle-income country by 2030 is difficult to achieve. Read more