Experts insist economic policy must focus on agriculture and tourism

4th Apr, 2017 | Tourism Mail Crew

PARSA, April 4: The Madhes-based intellectual fraternity has suggested prioritizing agriculture and tourism when formulating the country's economic policy.

At a workshop organized by the Technical Committee formed by the Ministry of Finance for formulation of the new economic policy in Birgunj on Monday, participating economists stressed on need for lending precedence to agriculture and religious tourism.

With favorable climate and soil, experts opined that Province no 2 can be the most prosperous state in the country if the economic policy prioritizes agriculture.

Thakur Ram Multiple Campus Lecturer, Lalan Dabivedi, said the economic policy in Madhes should prioritize agriculture. He also called for promoting religious tourism in Madhes. "In terms of religious tourism, the Indian tourists must be targeted in particular when formulating the policy, if we can draw 10 million Indian tourists in a year we will not have to depend on tourists from the third country," he said, adding that only political stability can make the country's economy sustainable.

Narayani Sub Regional Hospital Development Committee Chairman, Binod Gupta, suggested the government to mention the subject of restarting the state-owned agro-based industries that have remained closed.

Stating that Nepal is a country based on agriculture, Gupta called for making the country, not just Madhes, self-reliant on agriculture.

Technical Committee Coordinator, Hari Roka, shared that the seminar on economic policy formulation drew highly relevant and important suggestions. He said the advices would be scripted and submitted to the Finance Ministry while expressing belief the government would embrace these suggestions.

The seminar was attended by Birgunj's professors on economy, teachers, lecturers, industrialists, entrepreneurs, civil society advocates, government offices' chiefs, agricultural experts, political party leaders and media persons.