KATHMANDU: The World Bank has projected the economic growth of 6.5 percent for 2020 in Nepal. The WB had projected the growth rate of 7.1 percent for 2019.
The 6.5 percent growth rate is projected in view of the decreased remittance, climate change and natural disaster, the adverse effect of irregular monsoon on agricultural products.
Releasing Nepal Development Update here Thursday, the WB has however made positive notes on arrival of tourists, Visit Nepal 2020, construction of second international airport nearing completion, the establishment of hotels and agreements made with international companies.
New investments in cement and hydropower sectors will contribute to the growth rate. It is believed that the performance contracts at government offices will also reduce government costs.
Similarly, the establishment of the separate body at Prime Minister’s Office, implementation of the one-door service center, the establishment of Nepal Infrastructures Bank are other positive developments that would help achieve the projected growth rate.
However, the structure implementing federalism failed to make adequate spending, the post-quake reconstruction slowed, and imports decreased slightly in the past, the update stated.
Releasing the report, Finance Minister Dr. Yubaraj Khatiwada stressed the need for producing accurate data.
He shared that a bill was being presented in the federal parliament to develop the Central Bureau of Statics as the National Bureau of Statistics. He urged the World Bank to help capacitate Nepal’s human resources for data collection, processing and analyses.
World Bank Country Director Faris Hadad Jervos viewed that data are demanded from the local to state and federal levels for policy framing and effective implementation of federalism.