KATHMANDU — Finance Minister Dr Yubaraj Khatiwada has pointed out economic challenges facing the country due to various causes.
Blaming the lack of proper capital mobilisation in part for economic challenges, he stated some difficulties in budget expenditure.
“Big projects fail to be completed in stipulated time, and for estimated costs. Distribution-oriented programmes have surpassed productive ones,” he said.
He also stressed the need for all to help achieve the goal set by the government to upgrade the country to the list of developing one by 2022.
He pointed out failure in making industry sector competitive, while identifying additional challenges alongside shrinkage in investment in employment and production sectors.
“Industries established by the government are in loss. Problem of unemployment is growing in Nepal’s labour market. Fiscal mobilization is yet to reach rural areas,” the Finance Minister added.
Stating that domestic capital market was just limited to securities, he said the entire nation’s economy had become import-oriented. Allocation of budget without proper plan and the trend of spending capital budget at the eleventh hour of the fiscal remained as challenges in the economic sector.
“Huge budget has been invested to operate a pension fund.”
As stated by the Finance Minister, the government has not got price (results) for its investment in public enterprises and it is yet to pay them for the management of employees’ salary and for operation of the retirement fund.
He was of the view of proper development and utilization of information technology to attain economic progress.Follow @gorkhapost
Rasuwa customs doubles revenue collection
RASUWA — The Rasuwa Customs Office in Timure has doubled the revenue collection in the outgoing fiscal year compared to the previous fiscal.
Revenue collection from the border point with neigbouring China increased by 126 per cent this year (2017/18) in compared to the previous year, reaching Rs 4.59 billion. The collection in the fiscal year 2016/17 was Rs. 2.42 billion, according to Chief Customs Officer Gopal Koirala.
Readymade garment, electronic goods and footwear topped the list of imports from China in the year with wheat flour, noodles and biscuits being exported from Nepal to the northern neighbour.
The Nepal-China transit point continues to run without any obstruction this monsoon. The office has mobilized more than 20 goods inspectors in order to speed up the customs examination, Koirala said.Follow @gorkhapost