Pokhara, Nepal: METABUILD Project Closing Event

20/01/2020

The closing event in Pokhara was conducted on 19th January 2020, in Tuki Resort, Lakeside, Pokhara. The programme was jointly organized with the Pokhara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI). Invitation were sent to the all participating industries of Kaski district including members of PCCI, related Government offices including District Coordination Committee of Kaski, some other major industry sectors, and the media. The programme was chaired by Mr. Damu Adhikari, President of PCCI. Inauguration was done by the Chief Guest Mr. Bikash Lamsal, Minister of Industry, Tourism, Forest and Environment (MoITFE) for Gandaki Province. Mr. Arjun Pokharel from PCCI was the Master of Ceremony. Mr. Damu Adhikari, initiated the programme by welcoming all the participants. He mentioned that reducing the cost of production enhances the competitiveness of the industries and pointed out the need to mobilize the industries in full swing.

Mr. Stefan Melnitzky, Project Manager, AREC, Austria presented overview and achievements of the overall METABUILD project in three countries. Mr. Amar B. Manandhar, Executive Director of SEED Nepal and Project Manager of METABUILD Project for Nepal presented on METABUILD activities and impacts in Nepal. Mr. Manandhar also elaborated the outcomes of the project in 8 industries of Kaski district.

After these presentations, two representatives of the participating industries Mr. Ramji Prasad Gyawali from Chandrodya Engineering and Aluminium Pvt. Ltd. and Mr. Deependra Raj Bastakoti from Panchakanya Metal Engineering Pvt. Ltd. shared their valuable experiences. They mentioned the benefits they have been able to get from the participation in the METABUILD Project. After the experience sharing session, the certificate distribution to the participating companies was carried out and then recognition of Outstanding Companies was done. Honorable Minister Mr.Bikash Lamsal, Chief Guest had given his Remarks in the programme. He said that there is a need to save environment by increasing the awareness rather than through the legal means. He also emphasized on the need to adopt Cleaner Production and better technologies. After that METABUILD Video was shown in the programme. Mr. Pokharel closed the programme after giving his vote of Thanks. The participants had given their feedback on how useful the programme was.

After the event, there was Demonstration of Resources Control Tool presented by Ms. Ranu Pachauri, from STENUM Asia only to the participating industries. The industry participants were also given a pen-drive with the software of the Resource Controlling Tool.