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Experts stress on enhancing capacity of private sector to develop resilience in construction sector

Kathmandu, December 3: Experts and representatives of various government and non-governmental organizations have stressed on the need to enhance knowledge and capacity of the private sector to develop resilience in the construction sector.

They also stressed that the government and the development partners need to support the private sector in enhancing its capacity.

This was discussed at a virtual roundtable discussion on Strengthening Private Sector for Developing Resilience in Construction Sector organized by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today.

In his keynote speech, Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali said that the private sector played an important role in constructing earthquake-resilient structures, distributing grant and providing necessary training.

He also informed that the private sector has been involved in the reconstruction of heritage monuments, schools and government and security sector buildings, including Dharahara,

Chairperson of Nepal Engineering Council Dilli Raman Niraula said the government should prepare proper legal provisions to strengthen the capacity of the private sector.

Chairperson of Nepal Engineers Association Dr. Tri Ratna Bajracharya stressed on speed up the process to establish engineering training and research academy to further enhance the capacity and professionalism of the private sector.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Roads Arjun Jung Thapa said the government has facilitated and provided incentives to the private sector to encourage them to get involved in the construction sector.

Informing that a laboratory is being established in Kathmandu to test the quality of construction material, Chairperson of Federation of Construction Association of Nepal Rabi Singh sought the government and development partners’ support in establishing standard laboratories in various parts of the country which would help ensure quality in the construction.

Economist at the USAID Jacinto Fabiosa shed light on improving relationships between concerned stakeholders to strengthen the capacity of the private sector.

USAID Mission Director Sepideh Keyvanshad and Deputy Director Muhammad Khan also attended the roundtable moderated by Rajeev Kumar Thapa, Chief of Party of Nepal Reconstruction Engineering Services (NRES) Program and his deputy Arjun Koirala.

On the occasion, two mobile applications were made public – ‘Gharbanau’ that helps connect sellers and buyers of construction material and ‘Fixit’ which connects technicians and customers for maintenance works.   ​​​​​​​

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