Message from VC

Dr. Min Bahadur Shrestha

Dr. Min Bahadur Shrestha
Vice-Chairman

On behalf of the National Planning Commission (NPC) of the Government of Nepal, I welcome you to our website. This site is designed to provide a forum for sharing information and knowledge between the NPC and government authorities, development partners, scholars, media and the citizens at large.

NPC has a distinguished institutional history of 60 years. It is an apex advisory body of the Government for formulating, monitoring, and evaluating development plans, policies and programs. It also serves as an intellectual hub for the exchange of new development ideas among scholars, private sector, civil society. NPC is currently governed by an Executive Order issued by the cabinet in 2010. Since 1956, NPC’s most notable output has been the preparation of a series of periodic development plans, the latest of which is the 14th Plan (2016-2019). 

After being appointed as Vice Chairman of NPC on September 1, 2016, I have begun to re-orient the priorities and direction of NPC. I am of the opinion that the NPC still spends too much time on routine functions of retail nature. I believe that the NPC should focus much more on big strategic issues in development and resolve complex development bottlenecks with effective coordination and specialized knowledge. In effect, it ought to be the government’s in-house think tank with high credibility.

With the promulgation of a new constitution in 2015, Nepal is now headed towards a path of rapid growth, catch-up and modernization. Building on the relative success of the Millennium Development Goals, Nepal aspires to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, and also become a middle-income country. These ambitious goals need to be steered by the strategies and plans of a professional advisory body with suggested policy and program interventions in major sectors like agriculture, energy, infrastructure, and tourism, among others.

Important in Nepal’s context in the days ahead will be to introduce, execute, coordinate and monitor development activities in a newly federated country with three tiers of government at the central, provincial and local levels.

With the guidance of the Right Honorable Prime Minister, who is also the Chairman of NPC, I am committed to leading NPC in a new direction with renewed purpose. To this end, I count on the support of everyone and look forward to working with my colleagues at NPC, all ministries, and stakeholders outside the government. I call upon all Nepalis to unite and devote themselves to the high ideals of building a fairer and much more prosperous Nepal within  a short period.

Thank you.

9 December, 2016