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Press Release – Diplomats’ Forum with HE Ambassador Nona Deprez, the EU Ambassador to Nepal

The Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) organized the fourth session of the Diplomats’ Forum on 22 December 2022 with H.E. Nona Deprez, the European Union Ambassador to Nepal. Ms. Sewa Lamsal, the Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal, was the Chief Guest for the Forum. Dr. Swarnim Waglé, Chair of IIDS and a former National Planning Commission Vice-Chair, gave closing remarks. The Forum discussed ‘multilateralism, rule-based global order, and climate change’ as key areas of mutual interest between the EU and Nepal.

Ms. Sewa Lamsal, the Spokesperson and Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivering her remarks

In her opening remarks, Joint Secretary Lamsal highlighted the cordial relationship EU and Nepal has enjoyed for nearly 50 years. She mentioned that the EU has been “supporting Nepal’s efforts in achieving sustainable development goals for the people of Nepal through project grants, service contacts and budget support which is mutually agreed on the basis of Nepal’s development priorities and objectives including education, agriculture, energy, net zero emission and local development.”

H.E. Nona Deprez, the EU Ambassador to Nepal, in conversation with Mr. Santosh Sharma Poudel, Co-Founder and Lead of the Center for Strategic Affairs (CSA), NIPoRe

Ambassador Deprez highlighted the EU’s support both bilaterally and multilaterally to Nepal in areas of climate change resiliency, biodiversity conservation, and healthcare systems (pandemic preparedness). She asserted that “the EU Nepal partnership is one of equals”. The ambassador further mentioned that the EU’s goals with the GRID (Green, Resilient, Inclusive Development) are aligned with the sustainable development goals of the Government of Nepal. Talking briefly about the history of the EU, the ambassador said that the EU’s goal is to follow and promote effective rule based international order. She further said that “each country whether small or big should be allowed to choose its own security arrangements”.

Dr. Swarnim Waglé, PhD delivering his closing remarks

The program ended with the closing remarks by Dr. Waglé. In his remarks, Dr. Waglé reiterated that smaller nations need multilateral institutions even more and expressed that the EU has been an example to Nepal in terms of cooperation, regional integration and development. He also further mentioned that electorates should make it costly for any political parties that want to stop working for regional integration.


Ms. Binita Nepali

Focal Person, Diplomats’ Forum

Email: bnepali@nipore.org

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NIPoRe Coffee Sessions : Session 01



The Government of Nepal, with support from the country’s travel and tour sector stakeholders, has been working to make “Visit Nepal 2020” (VNY2020) a success. The VNY2020 is one of the most ambitious tourism initiatives that Nepal has planned in recent times after running similar campaigns in 1998 and 2011. The VNY2020 aims to bring at least 2 million foreign visitors into the country in 2020. With less than two months left before the formal commencement of the campaign, NIPoRe is hosting the inaugural session of the institute’s occasional and semi-formal networking event – Coffee Sessions – to discuss about the campaign and related issues. The event also aims to gather the views of local professionals while also hearing views and experiences of foreign travelers.


Mr. Mani Raj Lamichhane

Mani is the Director of Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and works as the Head of the Research, Planning and Monitoring Department. He is involved in tourism since 1998 and have worked in various private sector tourism organisations under different categories until 2008. He joined NTB as a Manager and there he looked after Tourism Products Development Unit until 2018. when I got promoted as Director and headed NTB Provincial Office at Pokhara for a year. Beside these responsibilities, he is also a life member of Tourist Guide Association and is also a founding member of Human Resource Society Nepal.

In addition, he is a part-time faculty of management and tourism at some academic institutions in Kathmandu, Nepal. Furthermore, he also does modelling and in the past, he has appeared in various TVCs of different brands including CG Cements, Maizan Oil, Dabur Vatika Shampoo, and Yamaha among others.

Mr. Nicholas Tan

Nicholas works for Qantas Australia as a People, Strategic Insights and Research Manager. An inquisitive and big picture thinker from young, his interest in protecting the great outdoors and aptitude for numbers led him to public policy and economics. Since then, he has been applying these tools and adding others, to better understand how society interacts within economies, community groups and as individuals. His goal is to work with government, the business community and the community at large to inspire and drive change that improves economic, social and environmental outcomes.

His focus on improving outcomes for society has provided me extensive experience in macroeconomics, innovation, people & culture, finance, economic development, trade and microeconomic reform, within the broader context of natural resource management and social policy. These experiences have been earned at institutions that value accountability and the skills to understand complexity quickly, accurately, and to communicate meaning and insights clearly. At these organisations, he has built strong relationships with the business community, government and local community, both in Australia and overseas.

He has an MPP from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Earlier he attended the University of Sydney for an undergraduate course in Economics, with special focus on Resource Economics.

Mr. Yee Htet

Yee works as a Project Coordinator at the International Trade Centre (ITC) in Myanmar. He leads a tourism project on strategic and operational activities, focusing on establishing local partnerships and ensuring daily operations in. He works closely with various issue-based international consultants to ensure achievement of project activities on community-based tourism, institutional strengthening, product development, and marketing and branding.

Prior to ITC, he served in both Local and international non-governmental organizations in Thailand and in Myanmar to support community development in conflict-affected areas.

He holds an MPP from Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, & Economics from Rangsit University in Thailand.


Ms. Barsha Dharel Dixit

Barsha is a development professional with over 9 years of experience in programme design, management, monitoring and evaluation, with special focus on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) mainstreaming into development programmes and policy priorities. With excellent leadership and strategic thinking skills, she is the youngest Nepalese woman to lead an international non-governmental organization (INGO) in Nepal.

Her works and overall vision for the country’s development sector has been covered by various national and international media outlets, including the BBC World Service, IBM Times and Nepal Television among others. She has published over 50 articles on pressing development issues at various national dailies and journals.

A Master of Science (MSc.) from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in Gender, Media and Culture, she is currently engaged in end-term evaluation of a project working on combating gender discrimination in far-west region. An individual with high academic distinction, Barsha has been awarded with the various accolades and honors.


  • To highlight what Nepal can learn from tourism initiatives in Australia and Myanmar
  • How guests from Australia and Myanmar view their travel experiences in Nepal so far


  • NIPoRe will prepare a session proceeding and share it with the Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and the VNY2020 Secretariat


Date: 01 December, 2019

Venue: Kyubis Kitchen, Sanepa Height

Time: 15:00 – 16:30 Nepal Standard Time (NST)


RSVP by 17:00 NST (30 November, 2019)

via Call/Text (9801193334) or Email: events[at]niporeglobal[dot]com

*Note: We are able to accommodate only 15 professionals for the session. We will confirm registration on a first come, first served basis. To respect time and also all efforts of our colleagues at NIPoRe and Kyubis Kitchen, the registrants, if do not show up for the session, will not be allowed to sit in 2 subsequent sessions.


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US-China Competition and Potential Implications on Nepal’s Foreign Policy










Santosh Sharma Poudel, in his recent column (In Nepali Language) for Nepal Magazine, discusses how ongoing and future US-China competition may affect the way Nepali foreign policy priorities and practices work with these two and other major world powers.

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EnB-NIPoRe Research Workshop Series – 2


Research works are crucial parts of undergraduate and graduate students, both in Nepal and at abroad. Though the Nepali universities have significant portions of research components into their research course curriculums, there exists major gap between the classroom teaching and the real-life practices. To fill this gap, the Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) has been partnering with the Ensemble for Bachelors (EnB) to train students on necessary theoretical as well as practical aspects of different components of academic and professional research.


Ms. Udisha Saklani is a PhD researcher at the University of Cambridge and the recipient of the Margaret Anstree Centre for Global Studies Scholarship at Newnham College, Cambridge. Her project focuses on India’s renewable energy investments in Nepal and Bhutan in the context of climate change mitigation and economic development in the Himalayas.

Udisha has over 7 years of policy research experience in water and energy governance. She has worked with institutions such as the Institute of Water Policy, Singapore and the UNDP India office.

Some of her past research includes:

  • Water infrastructure and public-private partnerships
  • The political economy of sanitation and water delivery
  • Shared rivers and inter-state/international water cooperation

She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore and a BA (Honours) degree in Mathematics from St.Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Her work has been published on national and global news platforms such as The Times of India, Policy Forum, Business Times, The Strait Times, The Diplomat, The Conversation and East Asia Forum.

Date, Time and Venue

November 24 – 25, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 02:00 PM

Venue: Presidential Business School, New Baneshwor, Kathmandu, Nepal

About the Organizers

Ensemble for Bachelors (EnB): EnB is a Nepali social enterprise that acts as a governing body of student groups from across the country. The networks consist of more than 25,000 students currently pursuing undergraduate studies in management (BBA, BBM and BIM). In general EnB strives to provide complete solutions for students pursuing undergraduate studies in management by supplementing their learning through short courses and trainings on case study, research (methodology and communication). In addition, EnB has also created a platform through which it supports students in seeking internships and applying for employment opportunities.

Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe): NIPoRe is an independent and non-partisan think-tank based in Kathmandu, Nepal. It aims to generate evidence-based debates among citizens and critical actors of development in both the public and private sectors on contemporary policy issues. Our team members represent the diversity of academic disciplines, professional backgrounds, and geography. We adopt a multi-disciplinary approach in our analysis of policies and research, supported by researchers trained at universities and professional environments (from) across the globe.

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Xi and Modi in Nepal: Competition or Complementarity?

In the light of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent state visit to Nepal, Santosh Sharma Poudel, in his column (In Nepali Language) for Nepal Magazine, discusses growing interests of China and India in Nepal and what this means for Nepal’s existing and emerging foreign policy priorities.

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Launch of Internet@50 Initiative

The Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) has launched a special initiative to mark 50 years of the Internet’s global history. Under the initiative, the institute plans to undertake studies and organize a series of events in Nepal and across countries in South and Southeast Asia on how Internet has affected these economies in the past and the potential future implications. Learn more about the initiative and explore potential partnerships and collaboration.

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Dr. Vu Minh Khuong joins NIPoRe Advisory Board

The Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) is pleased to welcome Dr. Vu Minh Khuong as an Advisory Board Member. Dr. Vu is an Associate Professor at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. His research and teaching works are focused on economic development and policy analysis. His research areas include – ASEAN economy, Asian competitiveness, Growth and technology in Asia, and Trade, investment and finance. Learn more about Dr. Khuong.

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Ms. Barsha Shrestha joins NIPoRe Advisory Board

The Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) is pleased to welcome Ms. Barsha Shrestha on institute’s Advisory Board. Currently, she is the Business Head of ICRA Nepal, the first Credit Rating Agency in Nepal. She has a vast experience of working in Nepal’s banking and finance sector. She begun her career in banking in 1984 by joining Nabil Bank Limited. Previously, she also served as the Deputy CEO of Clean Energy Development Bank Limited. Learn more about Ms. Shrestha.

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Benefits of adding legal perspectives into Nepal’s investment policies and strategies

Sabrina Singh, in her column for The Kathmandu Post, discusses how incorporation of legal perspectives in Nepal’s prevailing investment policies and strategies may help the concerned authorities to make these documents and associated logistics more conducive by allowing the state and investors enough rooms for discuss and settle tangible and binding legal effects of investment policies.

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Dr. Arbind Kumar Mishara joins NIPoRe Advisory Board

The Nepal Institute for Policy Research (NIPoRe) is happy to have Dr. Arbind Kumar Mishra on board for the institute’s Advisory Board. Dr. Mishra is a former member of Nepal’s National Planning Commission (NPC). Besides, he also held significant academic responsibilities in the past, including working as the Chief of the he Institute of Engineering(IOE), Tribhuvan University. Learn more about Dr. Mishra.