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Coronavirus takes toll on Nepal economy, incurs loss of Rs 168 bln

19 May 2020  

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KATHMANDU: Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) has said Coronavirus has caused a loss of over Rs 168 billion on the Nepal’s economy.

According to a report on the financial and economic status of Nepal presented by NRB, Nepal lost Rs 168 billion after most of the industries, factories went packed up due to Coronavirus pandemic in the period of two months.

Coronavirus pandemic has sent all the economic activities including mining, hotels, restaurants packed up while the remittance, the main backbone of the national economy, has gone down by 4 percent.

According to the report, remittance worth Rs 627 entered Nepal by April 12 in the current fiscal year.

The remittance has gone down after the countries where Nepali youths are working have suffered financial crisis due to the pandemic, said Gunakar Bhatta, spokesperson of NRB.

According to the estimation made by NRB, the remittance will go down by 10 percent in the coming fiscal year.

The inflation went up by 2.3 percent by April 12 in the current fiscal year.

However, the foreign investment has gone up despite lockdown in the country.

In the period of nine months of the current fiscal year, Rs 16.48 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has entered Nepal, said NRB.

Publish Date : 19 May 2020 09:17 AM

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