neftalk is a discussion series which aims at addressing the gap on pertinent economic development issues.

January 26, 2017

There are currently 46 landlocked countries in the world. According to a World Bank report , landlocked countries pay more and wait longer for imported goods such as oil, food and others, and have an equally hard time exporting, resulting in slower rates of growth in comparison to coastal countries. There is therefore a strong correlation between landlocked countries and barriers to economic progress due to factors such as lack of adequate trade and transportation infrastructure, excessive transaction costs, and taxes. Such barriers prevent economies from becoming competitive in global markets. 

November 28, 2016

For decades, India has enforced a policy based on a right of first refusal when Nepal and its other smaller neighbours required economic and security assistance. This approach has hardly been successful and is now no longer sustainable, especially as China expands its footprint across South Asia and presents itself as a competitive alternative. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “neighbourhood first” emphasis on cross-border connectivity seeks to correct this gap by increasing India’s capacity of first delivery. 

July 20, 2016

As a country where achieving short term goals takes up more importance than long term goals and where issues of economic visions are mostly consigned to mere words, NEF is looking at bringing forward a longer-term vision for Nepal in 2030, identifying potential changes across sectors and successively working towards these envisioned outcomes. In order to delve more into this thought-provoking topic, Nepal Economic Forum (NEF) organized a moderated panel discussion “Nepal in 2030”, which brought together insights from a diverse panel of professionals from different fields. 

June 20, 2016

In the past year Nepali economy faced multiple challenges that clogged the country in a devastating manner. The April and May 2015 earthquakes, which claimed close to 9,000 lives and injured more than 22,000 inflicted enormous costs - an estimated USD 7 billion - on the economy and is expected to push close to 700,000 people below the poverty line. Months following this, constitution based protests in the Terai-Madhes region, which capped into border blockades came as another major setback to the economy, and the society at large with vital supplies to the landlocked country disrupted.

In order to delve into this crisis and to assess the impact of the blockade, Alliance for Social Dialogue (ASD) and Nepal Economic Forum (NEF) jointly organized this moderated panel discussion,which brought together insights from professionals residing in Terai-Madhes, academicians, and legislators. The report “Post Disaster Assessment: Blockade 2015-16” was released during the event. As the media highlighted only the immediate impacts of the blockade, the study explores the longer term implications of the blockade which are much more complex and adverse.

January 26, 2016

Dr. Kul Chandra Gautam’s book ‘Lost in Transition’ released in December 2015 explores Nepal’s current economic quagmire despite the country having abundant resources, aesthetic qualities, and being in an ideal strategic location between two growing economic giants. The book dwells on the implications of certain political and socio-economic events that Nepal has undergone in the past few decades, whilst also pondering over the country’s future development with a mixture of great hope and deep anxiety.