CNI Partnership with National Organizations:
CNI believes that the unilateral efforts of the confederation only would not be adequate enough to achieve its set goals and objective as well as to contribute for the economic development of the country. Keeping this reality in mind, CNI has actively been participating in various socio-economic activities organized by different public as well as private organizations. In order to further intensify its efforts and to exert considerable impact on the social well being of the general people through economic development and employment generation, CNI has joined hands by signing MOU with the following organizations.
- Habitat for Humanity International Nepal (HFHI-Nepal)
- National Society for Earthquake Technology- Nepal (NSET)
- Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI)
- Water Resources and Energy Journalists of Nepal (WAREJ-Nepal)
- Society of Economic Journalists of Nepal (SEJON)
- Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC)
CNI is well represented in the different government bodies, agencies, committees and department as well as in different development partners, international organizations, diplomatic missions and national/international non-government organizations. The major government as well as non-government organizations and bodies on CNI has been actively representing and contributing in policy issues are as follows:
Economic Policy Networks:
The Economic Policy Networks (EPNs) are network under the Ministry of Finance (MoF), which look after the economic policy related matters. EPNs are an ADB funded projects with Ministry of Finance as the focal point. ADB provided technical assistance to the Government of Nepal to establish an Economic Policy Network II to facilitate the policy dialogue among various stakeholders, foster consensus and secure commitment for implementation of the policy reform agenda in the year 2003. The committee meets frequently and holds discussion on issues like strategies for promoting industrial property licensing in Nepal, constraints and approaches for developing market access and vertical linkage in high value agriculture, economic policy on international trade, investment and employment.
Investment Promotion Board:
The Industrial Promotion Board is being formed under the chairmanship of Minister for Industry in order to increase the pace of the industrialization in the country, to formulate the policy regarding industry and investment and to coordinate between central and implementing level. The Board is responsible to render necessary co-ordination in formulating and implementing policies, laws and regulations pertaining to the industrialization of the country. To give guidelines in attaining the objectives of liberal, open and competitive economic policies pursued by the country so as to make the industrial sector competitive, the board maintains relation and coordination between the government agencies and private sectors in formulation and implementation level of the industrial policy.
To make recommendation to Government of Nepal for the inclusion of any industry in the classification of industries and to introduce changes in the Areas of potential development, CNI has been continuously representing and contributing to give directives to the concerned body after making consultation with its members.
Revenue Advisory Committee:
CNI has been actively representing in the Steering Committee of the Revenue Advisory Committee, one of the major committee under Ministry of Finance of government of Nepal. There are different sub committees under this main committee which also has representation from CNI in the issues of Industries, Custom, Tax, social development and others.
Certificate of Origin Technical Committee:
The Technical Committee is formed under Department of Industries to provide access to the technical requirements of exportable and importable products and offers suggestions to the Government of Nepal in the areas of technical issues related to Certificate of Origin which has to be fulfilled by the industries exporting their products to the international market under the different bilateral, regional and multinational trade treaties.
Trade Facilitation Committee:
Trade facilitation involves the simplification, standardization and harmonization of procedures and associated information flows required to move goods from seller to buyer and to make payment. As this encompasses both commercial and regulatory processes, it should be approached on a partnership basis between governments and trade in order to ensure that practical and implementable solutions are developed. CNI as one of the leading trade facilitation institutions has been continuously suggesting the Governments to establish and support national trade facilitation bodies or committees with balanced private and public sector participation. In the context of Nepal, the trade facilitation committee is formed under the custom department of Ministry of Finance.
Women Entrepreneurs Forum:
The Women Entrepreneurs Forum (WEF) is established under the Ministry of Industry, with the objective of developing and promoting women entrepreneurs in the country. The Forum works towards facilitating co-operation and networking among the women entrepreneurs of the different regions of Nepal. It is an effective platform for strengthening the domestic development of women entrepreneurship for economic development thus helping to exchange information on entrepreneurial skills and building trade links among the women.
Since the inception of WEF, a number of workshops, round table conference, seminars, training programs, annual events have been held in different parts of the country. In this networking program, CNI has been continuously raising some issues on challenges faced by Nepalese women entrepreneurs and forwarding suggestions to enable them with some best practices for replication as regional projects.
Sick- Industry Rehabilitation Committee:
The Sick Industries Rehabilitation Committee is formed under the coordination of joint secretary of Ministry of Industry. There is a team of technical and financial experts who are studying the condition of the industries. CNI has also been representing the country’s industrial sector in this committee.
National Development Council:
Rt. Hon’ble Prime Minister chairs the Council and it approves the long term plan and policies for the nation’s development in which CNI has active participation.
Economic Diplomacy Implementation and Monitoring Committee:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks after this committee and it monitors and follows up on plans and programs for economic diplomacy to promote trade and investment in Nepal.
High Level LDC Committee:
This committee is also under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Hon’ble Minister chairs the committee.
NS Quality Board:
CNI shows an active participation at NS Quality Board
Nepal Business Forum (NBF):
Nepal Business Forum (NBF), Nepal’s first-ever public-private business forum began its journey in 2010 with the aim of improving the business environment in Nepal through better interaction between the business community and government officials. This forum has been constituted under the executing order of Nepal Government and IFC of World Bank group provides technical and financial support to this committee.
Cottage and small Industry Program Management Committee:
CNI has been actively participating in this committee for the development of the SMEs.
Industrial Security Force:
CNI was represented in the Industrial Security Force committee which was formed to deal with matters related to provision of security measures to industrial institutions in the country.
EIF-National Steering Committee:
CNI has been representing in EIF- National Steering Committee which is following the NTIS program of Ministry of Commerce and Supplies.
Social Security Fund Committee:
Social Security is being considered as a right of the workers. Social Security is linked to enhancing social equity and justice. CNI is a member of Social Security Fund Committee under Ministry of Labor and Employment.
Central Level Industrial Relation Committee:
CNI is also a member of Central Level Industrial Relation Committee under Ministry of Labor and Employment for settlement of the disputes among management and employees
The Twelfth SAARC Summit held in Islamabad on January 2004 adopted the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) policy which came into operation from the same month. The implementation of SAFTA has facilitated trading arrangements to eight members of SAARC on preferential basis. SAFTA allows trade of merchandise goods only. This will enable promotion of trade among the poorer countries in South Asia. However, the treaty itself does not incorporate all components that are essential for the least developed member states to draw concrete consensus on certain issues, namely, Revenue Compensatory Mechanism, Rules of Origin. Sensitive List, Technical Assistance for least developed members, among other rules and regulations for the effective implementation of the Trade Liberalization Program and granting of Special and Differential Treatment to LDC members. Until and unless concrete and constructive negotiations are concluded on these issues, the future of SAFTA will remain uncertain.
Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) was formally launched in June 1997 on the joint initiation of Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Thailand. Nepal was granted membership in 2003. BIMSTEC was initiated with the goal to combine the 'Look West' policy of Thailand and ASEAN with the 'Look East' policy of India and South Asia. So, it can be said to be a link between ASEAN and SARRC. This sub-regional grouping aims to create an enabling environment for rapid economic development, accelerate social progress in the sub-region, promote active collaboration, provide assistance to each other in training and research, and cooperate in projects that can be dealt with most productively on a sub-regional basis and which make best use of available synergies.
World Trade Organization:
CNI organized a series of meetings, workshops and seminars related to various aspects of WTO. CNI has also been consulted during different phase of negotiations. Nepal's accession to WTO as its 147th member was made on April 24, 2004. Further, CNI advocated and lobbied towards the opening of the service sector and sub sector under the GATT even after Nepal's accession to WTO. CNI is also providing information and support for the preparation of different acts viz. Insolvency Act; Competition Act; Patent Acts; and other Acts to be drafted to comply with the WTO trade regime. CNI has also opened the WTO Cell to monitor and advise the government on WTO related matters.
Accounting Standard Board:
ASB has formed International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Governance Plan Formation Committee with a view to enforce international financial reporting standards effective from 2011. CNI was represented during the preparation of the committee which is a representative organization of the business association in Nepal.
Trade and Export Promotion Center (TEPC):
CNI is a regular invitee of the TEPC, a division of the Ministry of Commerce and Supplies. TEPC is a national trade promotion organization of the country, which particularly helps in promoting foreign trade and enhancing the export capability of the country. In this center, CNI primarily helps in maintaining Trade bank (economic data related to foreign trade and export business) and Evaluation of the exporting ability of the Nepalese industries active in the trade and export business.
Committee for Good Governance against Gender Violence, MoI:
This committee, within the Ministry of Industry, works for making the working place (industries) better for all by institutionalizing and practicing good governance against the gender violence. CNI, being a forum of large and medium scale industries, represents in this committee with the vow to provide effective suggestions and policies to make the governance effective and also help in making its members practice the governance against the gender violence in their respective industries.