Plenary Opening Ceremony

17 February, 2019
 1:30 pm Conclave Registration
 2:15 pm Everyone is seated
3:00 - 3:10 pm Welcome and Opening Remarks 
Mr. Kailash Sirohiya, Chairman, Kantipur Media Group
 3:10 - 3:30 pm Keynote Speech

Ms. Idah P. Riddihough, Country Director for Maldives, nepal and Sri Lanka, World Bank

 3:30 - 3:50 pm Keynote Speech
Mr. Sandip Ghose, Executive Director, MP Birla Cement
 3:50 - 4:20 pm Keynote Speech
Rt. Hon. Prime Minister K. P. Sharma Oli
 4:20 - 4:50 pm Tea Break
 4:50 - 5:50 pm Key Session: Youth for Nepal
This session will bring together youths who will share stories of their achievements in diverse sectors. Besides inspiring the audience with their success stories, their optimistic take on the changing business prospects and insights on the untapped opportunities in Nepal will rouse other Nepali youths too.

Speakers:

  • Lex Limbu, Founder, Tracing Nepal
  • Shrinkhala Khatiwada, Miss Nepal World 2018
  • Sixit Bhatta, Co-founder & CEO, Tootle
  • Sumnima Udas, Founder& Director, Museum of Buddhism & Sacred Spaces

Moderator:

  • Leena Dahal, Opinions Editor, The Kathmandu Post

 

Parallel Session: English

18 February, 2019
 8:00 am Conclave Registration
 8:30 am Everyone is seated
 8:45 - 9:45 am Session - Towards 2030

Even with Nepal facing social uncertainties amid its transitional phase, harboring a hope for its bright future and its target of becoming middle-income nation is not that far-fetched. In addition to the hundreds of thousands of people actively contributing towards nation-building, there is also a strong potential for sectors to work towards a common goal-by recognizing cross-cutting agendas and common targets. This session will discuss the varying dimensions of social and economic development that employ a comprehensive and balanced approach and ensures progress and long-term accountability.

Speakers:

  • Constantino Xavier, Fellow, Brookings India
  • Lei Lei Song, Regional Economic Advisor, Asian Development Bank, New Delhi
  • Songqiao Yao, Founder, WildBound
  • Swarnim Wagle, Economist

Moderator:

  • Amish Raj Mulmi, Writer
 9:45 - 10:45 am Tourism - From Product to Experience

Nepal has long been a destination for travellers seeking adventure and spirituality. On average, the tourism sector contributes up to 5 percent of the nation's total foreign exchange reserves annually, and it is the largest service industry in Nepal. In the current climate of increasing demand for quality and affordable services, emerging ventures have revolutionised travel experience, while also contributing to local economies. This session will discuss the untapped prospects of tourism in Nepal and the unexplored benefits of including local communities in tourism ventures.

Speakers:

  • Anil Goel, Chief Technology Officer, OYO Hotels and Homes
  • Monika Schaffner, Integrative Geographer, connecting spaces
  • Rene Vijay Shrestha Einhaus, Executive Director, Dwarika’s Group of Hotels & Resorts
  • Shradha Shrestha, Manager, Branding & Corporate Partnership, Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal

Moderator:

  • Chandan Sapkota, Senior Fellow, Nepal Economic Forum
 10:45 - 11:00 am Break
 11:00 - 12:00 pm Where is the money?

Jim Rogers, a prominent American investor, once said, "If you were smart in 1807, you moved to London, if you were smart in 1907, you moved to New York, and if you are smart in 2007, you move to Asia." Investments in small Asian frontier markets have proven to have a promising future. Nepal has become one such hub--as a result of its rapid urbanisation and development; and it promises large investment opportunities. The speakers in this session, which will revolve around chasing investments, will shed light on Nepal's untapped business areas and on how they can contribute to the nation's growth.

Speakers:

  • Abhishek Kumar, Managing Partner, Rainforest Venture Network
  • Aditi Shrestha, Investment Officer for Nepal, International Finance Corporation
  • Bhoj Raj Poudel, Economist
  • Faris Hadad Zervos, Country Manager, World Bank, Nepal

Moderator:

  • Siddhant Pandey, Chairman & CEO, Business Oxygen Pvt. Ltd.
 12:00 - 12:30 pm Nepal in the Global Stage

In conversation with the Minister of Finance and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nepal.

Speakers:

  • Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal.
  • Dr. Yubraj Khatiwada, Finance Minister of Nepal

Moderator:

  • Sujeev Shakya, Founder & CEO, beed management
 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch Break
 1:30 - 2:45 pm मुख्य मन्त्रीहरुसँग मुखामुख

Amid the confusion in the power distribution, implementation of federalism has also inflicted conflict between the center and province. Further, the situation could prolong without the proper legal provision. Although there have been few bilateral dialogues between the chief ministers and the prime minister, the discourse is yet to be held in a public forum. This session will be a platform to dwell upon the problems, concerns and potentials of the states as well as the chief ministers.

In conversation with Provincial Chief Ministers

Speakers:

  • Sherdhan Rai, Chief Minister, Province 1
  • Mohammad Lalbabu Rawat, Chief Minister, Province 2
  • Dormani Poudel, Chief Minister, Province 3
  • Prithivi Subba Gurung, Chief Minister, Gandaki Province 
  • Shankar Pokhrel, Chief Minister, Province 5
  • Mahendra Bahadur Shai, Chief Minister, Karnali Province
  • Trilochan Bhatta, Chief Minister, Sudur Paschim Province

Moderator:

  • Narayan Wagle, Editor- in- chief, Kantipur Daily
 2:45 pm Closing Remarks

Mr. Rajnish Rikhy, Business Director, Kantipur Media Group

Parallel Session: Nepali

18 February, 2019
 8:00 am Conclave Registration
 8:30 am Everyone is seated
 8:45 - 9:45 am Session- फर्केर के पाइन्छ ?

In pursuit of a better future, millions of Nepalis have migrated to the Gulf and developing countries. Lately, many migrants are starting to return home to utilize their accumulated capital and skills to start new businesses—everything from poultry and livestock rearing to hospitality and Information Technology. This session will delve into why they are returning home and the benefits of doing so, and it will also feature dialogues and interactions with returnees.

Speakers:

  • Arnico Panday, Regional Program Manager, Atmosphere, ICIMOD
  • Pradeep Poudel, Vice President, Citibank, Kuwait
  • Prativa Pandey, Founder & CEO, Catalyst Technology

Moderator:

  • Sanjeev Satgainya, Head of News, The Kathmandu Post
 9:45 - 10:45 am महिला पुरुषको दाजोमा कहिले ?

Around the world, although traditional norms still play a large role in perpetuating gender biases and stereotypes, more women are taking on leading roles and taking up decision-making positions. With global campaigns such as HeForShe, the role played by men in empowering women and in building a more just society is gradually being recognised too. This session will attempt to challenge the misconceptions regarding feminism and underscore the importance of the roles played by both men and women in establishing a pathway to reaching a gender-equal society.

Speakers:

  • Luna Ranjit, Co-founder, Adhikaar
  • NayanTara Gurung Kakshapati, Co-founder, photo.circle
  • Sanjeev Uprety, Author

Moderator:

  • Subina Shrestha, Journalist
 10:45 - 11:00 am  Break
 11:00 - 12:00 pm पौरखी प्रवासी र मूलदेश

How can the Nepali diaspora, who have excelled in the international platform through their diligence, skill and talent, contribute in the economic development and prosperity of Nepal? This session will engage with non-resident Nepalis, the Nepali diaspora and experts who have conducted insightful studies in their respective sectors.

Speakers:

  • Bishwa Poudel, Associate Professor, Kathmandu University
  • Jiba Lamichhane, Business Entrepreneur
  • Lex Limbu, Founder, Tracing Nepal
  • Mallika Shakya, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, South Asian University

Moderator:

  • Basanta Basnet, Editor, Nepal Magazine
 12:00 - 12:30 pm Can Nepal Do IT?

Information Technology has transformed our lives, owing to the ubiquity of its adoption by a wide range of sectors. But while the global market embarked on modernisation years ago, Nepal has been a late bloomer in the IT field. IT has penetrated every field, and businesses today have become increasingly dependent on IT to ensure growth. This session will thus dwell upon the IT sector’s emergence in Nepal, and the challenges the sector needs to overcome--for which it will need to come up with strategies informed by a long-term vision.

Speakers:

  • Akanksha Tyagi, Founder, Social Friendly
  • Asheem Basnyat, Regional Director, Pathao
  • Biswas Dhakal, President, F1 Soft Group

Moderator:

  • Suman Shakya, Founder, Tangent Waves
 12:30 - 1:30 pm  Lunch Break
 1:30 - 2:45 pm मुख्य मन्त्रीहरुसँग मुखामुख

Amid the confusion in the power distribution, implementation of federalism has also inflicted conflict between the center and province. Further, the situation could prolong without the proper legal provision. Although there have been few bilateral dialogues between the chief ministers and the prime minister, the discourse is yet to be held in a public forum. This session will be a platform to dwell upon the problems, concerns and potentials of the states as well as the chief ministers.

In conversation with Provincial Chief Ministers

Speakers:

  • Sherdhan Rai, Chief Minister, Province 1
  • Mohammad Lalbabu Rawat, Chief Minister, Province 2
  • Dormani Poudel, Chief Minister, Province 3
  • Prithivi Subba Gurung, Chief Minister, Gandaki Province 
  • Shankar Pokhrel, Chief Minister, Province 5
  • Mahendra Bahadur Shai, Chief Minister, Karnali Province
  • Trilochan Bhatta, Chief Minister, Sudur Paschim Province

Moderator:

  • Narayan Wagle, Editor- in- chief, Kantipur Daily
 2:45 pm Closing Remarks

Mr. Rajnish Rikhy, Business Director, Kantipur Media Group