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Go International-(DCI-NSAPVD/2012/308-308) Project

Go International Project (DCI-NSAPVD/2012/308-308) is a 36 months project funded by European Union to Nepal. The project is implemented since January 2013 by Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI) as lead agency in partnership with Centric Austria International (CAI), an international partner and World Vision Advocacy Forum (WVAF), a national NGO.  The project has been prepared to support the Nepal Trade Integration Strategy (NTIS), 2010 in line with the Trade Facilitation and Economic Capacity Building Sector of EU Country Strategy Paper (2011-2013) for improving trade and export opportunities on identified goods and services for inclusive growth and employment generation in Nepal through the creation of a business enabling environment.

Based on NTIS, the action has identified ten productsand the corresponding districts  namely :

Tea (Ilam) and Cardamom (Panchathar) from Eastern Development Region of Nepal,

Silver Jewellery (Lalitpur) and Chyangra Pashmina Product (Kathmandu) from Central Development Region,

Tourism (Rupandehi) and Ginger (Palpa) from Western Development Region,

Medicinal Herbs/ Essential Oils (Jumla) and Lentil (Banke) from Mid-Western Development Region and

Handmade Paper/ Paper Products (Dadeldhura) and Wool Products (Darchula) from Far-Western Development Region

respectively for enhancing export and trading capacities of SMEs, Retailers, Wholesalers and Trade and Business associations.
These products have high export potential, however Nepal has not been able to tap into the potential market for its economic growth through international trading. Some of the identified trading challenges have been: (i) Lack of access to information and technical know-how of producers and traders, (ii) Inadequate capacity of trade and business associations, (iii) Lack of Business Development Services (BDS) and good Value Chain Development (VCD) mechanism, (vi) Poor export market mechanism, (v) Poor supply chain mechanism, (vi) Non-Tariff barriers, (vii) Lack of favourable regulatory and business environment, (viii) Inadequate trade negotiation capacities. Lack of coordinated efforts among policy makers, government agencies, local authorities and the private sector has further impeded the initiatives taken thus far for trade improvement.
Go International has established Regional Services Development Centres (SDCs) for Trade Advisory Services (TAS), Business Development Services (BDS), Information Sharing, Networking, Exchange of Good Practices and Trade Business Opportunities.
Go International will contribute towards the overall business enabling environment to capitalize on trade and export market opportunities for inclusive growth and employment generation through capacity strengthening of small and medium sized producers by developing the capacity of trade and business associations, especially to enhance the production, logistics, marketing and export capacity of small and medium-sized producer.
The target groups of Go International are mainly the SDCs established at the regional level, regional Trade and business associations, local chapters, policy makers and line agencies and 100 potential entrepreneurs primarily chosen among women, youth and fresh graduates. SDCs will, facilitate and provide support to strengthen their capacities to producers, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the regions to enhance their export capacities. The final beneficiaries are therefore trade and business associations, 250 Trade export SMEs, retailers, wholesalers, product associations and individual producers.
 

Invest Nepal 

Invest Nepal: Information Portal is the country’s reliable and up-to-date information source committed to investment promotion and business facilitation. It aims to serve as a single reference point for sector-specific information for foreign and local investors, including expertise and business services.
The portal has been established through a joint undertaking by the Government of Nepal, Ministry of Industry (MOI) and the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI).

Nepal has embarked on an ambitious plan to raise the living standard of its people through intensive socio-economic changes. Industrialization through the active participation of the private sector has been a given high priority. Hence, investors who can invest capital, as well as bring modern technology and new markets, are encouraged to invest in various sectors. 

Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI)

CNI is a national level representative body of the large and medium scale industries in Nepal comprising of Nepal's largest business groups. Blue chip Nepalese companies, JVs, transnational companies and the like spread across a wide spectrum of sectors like manufacturing, banking and finance, insurance, tourism and hospitality, aviation, telecommunications, IT and IT enabled services, infrastructure, health care, hydropower and energy and so on.
CNI’s origin was based on the widespread belief that the industrial community of Nepal urgently needed an effective representative body that would serve as a true platform to address many issues plaguing the Nepalese industries today. There was need for a modern professional body with well-trained and experienced professional staff that would be fully supported by the latest technological advancements.  In addition, it had to be well connected with suitable regional and global organizations. This body would thus be capable of not only providing useful policy inputs to the government but also ensuring the implementation of the same.
This organization would focus only on the larger and medium industries which are the substantial sectoral leaders of today’s economy. These would include industries from all sectors (with local or foreign investments) and would be all-encompassing in terms of geography as well as the nature of the business, be it manufacturing, tourism, financial services, exports or infrastructure. After much speculation in the country’s business community, the apex body of Nepalese industrialists, the Confederation of Nepalese Industries (CNI), was established by the captains of Nepal’s Industrial and corporate sector on April 17, 2000.
Since its establishment, CNI has been raising issues like the persistent economic situation imbroglio, need for reforms in financial sector, strengthening of private sector's capabilities, the streamlining of private sector's initiation on development agenda, double digit growth issues and industrialization based on trade competitiveness. It is an organization that works in coordination with other organizations and is increasingly becoming involved in areas where the existing system has failed to deliver. The organization is working along the lines of several organizations in various countries such as India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Turkey, Czech Republic etc. and hopes to hire expertise as well as bilateral support in development of the Confederation, the theme of which is, “Talking Business, Talking Change”.
Catalyzing Change, Creating Professionalism
 
Vision
CNI's vision is to play a lead role in making the country's industrial sectors vibrant, resilient as well as globally competitive, and promoting the investment friendly environment for achieving a sustainable double digit economic growth.  
 
Mission
The primary area of CNI to work is encouraging positive competition and competent management among the industries, promoting domestic and foreign investment, and creating employment opportunities in the country through the development of industrial and corporate sector.
 

World Vision Advocacy Forum (WVAF) Nepal

World Vision Advocacy Forum (WVAF) Nepal, a national non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2004, is a premium national NGO registered in District Administration Office (DAO) Kathmandu and affiliated with Social Welfare Council (SWC) of Government of Nepal. 
 
Vision
Establish a fair, just, and equitable society.
 
Mission
Advocate for social, economic, and environmental justice.
 
Goal: WVAF's goal is to improve the status of the marginalized, disadvantaged and vulnerable segments of the population including women and children. 
 
Aim: WVAF's aim is to ensure the rights of marginalized, disadvantaged and vulnerable groups through advocacy, awareness raising and capacity building programs. 
 
Values: WVAF, in all its activities, strives to uphold the following fundamental values: human and social rights, democracy, non-discrimination, justice, dignity, equity, and transparency.
 
Operational Approach
WVAF employs a rights-based approach in the implementation of all its activities.  WVAF believes in the fundamental rights of all individuals and work to create a more equal rights community in Nepal. In conjunction with rights-based approach, WVAF works for gender and social inclusion as cross cutting issues in all its activities.
 
The strategic objectives of WVAF
 
  • Carry out advocacy and awareness campaigns in order to include the marginalized and backward class in the society, women and children, Dalits (so called untouchables), indigenous people, Madhesi (terai dwellers),conflict affected, geographical disadvantage area and minorities in the mainstream of nation building,
  • Implement participatory, transparent, equitable and inclusive local development projects focusing on the rights of disadvantaged and conflict affected population,
  • Empower rural people through partnership by providing technical, institutional and policy support,
  • Strengthen women’s ability to become leaders in their communities,
  • Initiate various projects related to livelihoods promotion, public health, awareness raising, and community development based on significant people participation. 
 
 
WVAF has a General Assembly (GA) at the top composed of 25 gender, and ethnically diversified members. The GA meets once in a year and decides on policy issues of the organization. For the regular organization works, WVAF has a provision of 9 members' Executive Committee including members from different academic and professional background. Under the Executive Committee and at the top of the project execution is the Executive Director. WVAF has a Project Management Team of multi-disciplinary development professional with different capacities in the fields of institutional capacity building, rural research and development, development project management, livelihoods, poverty reduction, micro enterprise development, socio-political inclusion, anti-corruption and rehabilitation. 
 
WVAF has being working at its own and with the supports of national and international NGOs as collaborators and in consortium. Infact since its inception WVAF has implemented a sizeable number of development projects based on significant community participationand by securing funding from large donors and agencies such as the European Union, UNDP, OHCHR, Danida, UNDEF, Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) USA/World Bank, DDNRF/Canadian Cooperation Office-Nepal (CCO-Nepal) and the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy etc.
 

Centric Austria International (CAI)

Mission:
Facing the Challenges of Sustainable Development
 
The Mission of CENTRIC AUSTRIA is to contribute to the structural development of industries, organizations and the community in developing and emerging countries, following the overall concept of sustainable development to preserve natural resources for further generations.
 
Introduction:
CENTRIC AUSTRIA INTERNATIONAL – Center for Environmental Training and International Consulting was founded in November 1997 as a registered not-for-profit association according to Austrian law. 
The Center disposes of dozens national and international members, partners and experts with technical, scientific, commercial, legal and public background. 
The main objective of the association is the development and implementation of programs supporting the sustainable development of industries, organizations and the community. Following this objective, CENTRIC develops and implements capacity building activities and provides related technical assistance to the industry in the fields of: 
  • Sustainable Industrial and Market Development
  • Resource Efficiency and Cleaner Production 
  • Corporate Social Responsibility 
  • Programme Management and Institution Building 
Developing development programmes, CENTRIC focuses on a multiple beneficiary level approach to guarantee the sustainability of the actions. Local capacity building, the involvement of governmental, non‐governmental and intermediary organisations and the development of pilot projects in the industry are immanent to all projects of Centric. 
CETRIC has successfully implemented, together with its international partner organisations, numerous projects around the globe on behalf of/or funds of the European Union, the UNIDO/UNDP, World Bank, the GEZ, the Austrian Development Agency and other national and international development organizations. Very high valuation rates of external project evaluations of CENRICs EU projects prove professionalism and competence.
 

Service Development Centers (SDC)

Five SDCs have been established within the existing CNI local chapters and institutional member organisations to support SMEs in ten districts, two from each development region. The action districts have been selected based on accessibility, economic viability, pre-existence of regional business hub and cross border connectivity. 
SDCs are working closely with different associations such as the Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises, local Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Primary Cooperatives, Micro Finance Institutes, Commodity Associations to implement the action.
SDCs are coordinating and facilitating to conduct trainings provided by the three implementing partners (CNI, CAI and WVAF). SDCs are supposed to provide technical assistance on how to overcome constraints and upscale trading activities. Five SDC Managers have been appointed to manage the centres.
As the SDCs are established and running within CNI local chapters, and institutional members, it is ensured that the services provided by the SDCs will be continued after completion of the project. CNI will provide backup support for the sustainability of the SDCs.
The following SDCs have been running,
 
SN SDC Address Product District Development Region
1 Kanchanpur SDC Mahendranagar, Kanchanpur Wool Product Darchula Far Western Development Region
Handmade Paper/ Paper Product Dadeldhura
2 Banke SDC Nepalganj, Banke Medicinal Herbs and Essential Oil Jumla Mid Western Development Region
Lentil Banke
3 Rupandehi SDC Butwal, Rupandehi Tourism Rupandehi Western Development Region
Ginger Palpa
4 Parsa SDC Birganj, Parsa Chyngra Pashmina Kathmandu Central Development Region
Silver Jewellery Lalitpur
5 Jhapa SDC Birtamod, Jhapa Cardamom Panchthar Eastern Development Region 
Tea Ilam

 

European Union

Actions in Partner Countries
Background:
The European Union (EU) has a long-standing relationship and cooperation with civil society organizations as well as with local and decentralized authorities in the field of development in Nepal. It is part of the EU's commitment to fight poverty, to promote the rule of law and to adhere to fundamental freedoms set out in Article 21 of the Treaty on the European Union.
The thematic program “Non-State Actors in Development”, introduced in 2007, covers the following three main components:
  • Support to development actions, to be implemented by Non-State-Actors (NSA), in close cooperation with the local communities and the most vulnerable population groups, aiming at promoting an inclusive and empowered society in partner countries.
  • Support to actions in the EU and acceding countries aiming at raising public awareness of development issues and promoting education for development, to mobilize greater support for actions against poverty and fairer relations between developed and developing countries.
  • Support to actions aiming at achieving more efficient cooperation, foster synergies and facilitate a structured dialogue in the area of development between civil society networks and local authorities, associations from the EU and acceding countries, within their organizations and with Community institutions.
Non State Actor/ Local Authority (NSA/LA) in Development Program is an "actor oriented" program aimed at co-financing "own" initiatives proposed and carried out by civil society organizations and local authorities originating from the EU and partner countries in the area of development at the local level.
The Program aims at furthering the involvement of non-state actor organizations and local authorities in partner countries in policy formulation and their capacity to deliver basic services to the poorest sections of the population in developing countries and so help reduce poverty in a context of sustainable development.
As an integral part of EU cooperation, the NSA/LA in Development Program is inspired by the principles of subsidiarity and complementarity with respect to the EU cooperation strategy in the partner countries. The NSA/LA program aims at strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and local authorities as a pre-condition for a more equitable, open and democratic society through support to their own initiatives.
 
The EU-Nepal Country Strategy Paper (2007-2013) sets out three focal areas for EU support:
  • Education (with human rights, gender, conflict prevention and the environment as cross-cutting issues)
  • Stability and peace building
  • Trade facilitation and economic capacity building