May 20, 2020, Kathmandu
National Planning Commission (NPC) – Government of Nepal (GoN) and Nepal Policy Institute (NPI) held the first in the series ofNPI-NPC Policy Dialogue on May 20, 2020 via Zoom conference. The dialogue seeks to provide expertise and knowledge of the global community of scholars and practitioners of Nepalese origin to contribute to GoN’s policymaking. In the context that the Covid-19 is causing huge economic and social disruption in Nepal and is likely to continue for significantly longer period, this dialogue aims to provide with the knowledge about the best practices and innovative ideas to inform GoN’s Economic and Social Recovery Plan in Post Covid-19. Several experts from NPI Global Experts Community and NPI Board Members based in South East Asia, Australia, North America and Europe shared their experience and expertise with NPC VC Hon. Prof. Dr. Puspa Kadel and NPC member Hon. Min Bahadur Shahi, and NPI Chair Khagendra Dhakal, among others, on matters widely ranging from health measures to urban planning, agriculture, tourism, investment, manufacturing, employment including sociological and geopolitical aspects. The following is a compilation of the NPI Chair’s opening remarks and presentations done by the participants.