A delegation from Sekisui Chemical--a Japan-based chemical manufacturer--, comprising General Manager Masahiro Yamasaki and Sales Manager Yuya Sakamoto, was recently in Nepal to explore further opportunities for collaboration. Republica interviewed the delegation to learn more about the company's products and its plans to expand business in Nepal. Excerpts:

‘The Peace Corps is a low-cost, high-impact investment’

Published On: May 28, 2024 09:00 AM NPT By: Republica

Peace Corps Deputy Director David E White Jr visited Nepal earlier last week. During his five-day stay, White held meetings with government and civil society representatives to thank them for their long-standing support to the Peace Corps program since its founding and discussed plans to expand Peace Corps programming in Nepal. The Editor-in-chief of Nagarik Daily, Guna Raj Luitel, and the Editor of Republica, Kosh Raj Koirala, sat with White to learn about various aspects of Nepal-US relations, focusing mainly on the activities related to Peace Corps volunteers in Nepal. Excerpts:

UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific of UNDP, Kanni Wignaraja, visited Nepal last week. During her visit, she held meetings with key politicians and interacted with policymakers and local communities, where she shared her concerns about the impact of climate change that Nepal is facing. Republica caught up with her during her visit to learn more about her observations and UNDP's possible support to Nepal, focusing on the mitigation of the impacts of climate change.

Finance Minister Barshaman Pun is the coordinator of the Nepal Investment Summit 2024 Steering Committee. In his capacity as the coordinator, Minister Pun has been playing an instrumental role in making this mega event a success. In this context, Republica caught up with Minister Pun to delve into the government's preparations and other pertinent matters related to the Investment Summit. Here are the highlights:

‘Nepal should focus on ease and speed of doing business’

Published On: April 28, 2024 10:15 AM NPT By: Republica

Atul Keshap is a distinguished retired American diplomat and career United States Foreign Service Officer. Since January 2022, he has held the prestigious position of President of the US-India Business Council at the US Chamber of Commerce.

Bettina Iseli serves as the Chief Program Officer at Welthungerhilfe, a German organization dedicated to advancing food security globally, with a particular focus on countries such as Nepal. During her recent visit to Nepal, she personally explored the WHH-funded projects spanning diverse regions of the country. Republica engaged in a conversation with Iseli to delve into insights about her organization, its impactful interventions, and the envisioned future plans. Key excerpts from the discussion:

'16th five-year plan to have separate chapter on climate change'

Published On: February 22, 2024 08:30 AM NPT By: Republica

It has been almost seven decades since planned development began in Nepal. To date, Nepal has implemented 15 periodic plans, and the draft of the 16th Plan is currently in the final stages of preparation. This five-year plan is set to commence from the next fiscal year.

'Think before you click the buy button'

Published On: February 11, 2024 09:55 PM NPT By: Sara Pahari

Cristina Vittoria Egger Bertotti, an Italy-based fashion stylist and advisor, known fondly as the ‘Grand Dame of the Royal House of Savoy,’ was recently in Kathmandu. ¹With a career journey spanning decades Bertotti’s journey in the fashion industry began alongside esteemed companies like Versace, Gucci and Etro.

Fusemachines, a company established by a Nepali-origin entrepreneur working in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Dr Sameer Maskey, is poised to make history by becoming the first company led by a Nepali origin entrepreneur to be listed on the esteemed US stock exchange NASDAQ.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: As the temperature of the earth is increasing, it has invited various climate related disasters around the world. In terms of climate risk in the world, Nepal is on the leading list. Every year, floods, landslides, melting and exploding glaciers, heavy rains, floods and fires are increasing.