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From President Desk



Mr. Ram Bahadur Gurung
President

I feel blessed to have been given opportunity to serve the Association of Nepalese carpet exporters as President. On this occasion, I, on behalf of Carpet Exporters and myself would like to express my sincere thanks to my predecessor Mr. Anup Bahadur Malla for the role he played during his tenure and hope to receive his guidance in the years to come. The political system of the country is very close to institutionalization after the already concluded local, provincial and federal election and the formation of new government which is expected very soon. We hope that these milestone events of our history will foster better economic and business friendly environment in the county in the days to come. A year has already passed after the government introduced Nepal Trade Integrated Strategy (NTIS) 2016 list that include Nepalese Handmade Nepalese carpet as one of the priority exportable products. Despite our efforts and introduction of NTIS 2016 list with inclusion of Nepalese handmade carpet in it, the carpet export for the Fiscal Year 2016/17 has declined by 17 per cent and 9.5 per cent in terms of volume and value respectively. Although the decreasing exchange rate of the US dollar has played a role in the decline in value to some extent, the decline in volume could be the result of high value carpet weaved and exported. The expensive Nepalese carpets cannot value wise compete to that of our neighboring countries in international markets. So we strongly believe that the only way to increase export is to provide enough incentives to the exporters. Whatever the government has provided, it is short to exporters’ expectations to be price competitive in international markets. Moreover, there is going to be an increase in cost of production of Carpets after the implementation of new acts namely contribution based Social Security Act 2074 and Labor Act 2074 introduced by the government. Despite the positive aspects of these Acts, it will be difficult for the carpet export industry to sustain as there is no regular production of carpets because it is based on foreign demand. A hasty implementation of such acts shall result into low productivity and further export decline. In the context of decreasing trend of carpet export, we urge Ministry of Commerce of Nepal government to consult with stakeholders in regards to formation of new strategies and implementation of its programs for the development of carpet sector as mentioned in the NTIS 2016. In this context, we would like to repeat NCEA commitment to work harder to sustain and revive the Nepalese carpet industry with the help of all stakeholders including government of Nepal. We further urge the government to pay due attention to hand knotted woolen carpet sector which is the top export product of the country and has been providing employment opportunity to a large number of Nepal’s deprived sector’s youths besides being the main source of foreign currency earnings of the country amongst exportable products. As per the statistics provided by the Government, its export value for the Fiscal Year 2016/17 constituted almost 10 per cent of total value of the all exports from Nepal. NCEA will continue to participate in international carpet fairs in coming years to promote Nepalese carpet in international markets as it has done since its establishment. In this context we would like to thank Ministry of Commerce for allocating more funds for carpet sector for the F.Y. 2074/75. We hope the issuance of national label for Nepalese handmade woolen carpet will be materialized. It has always been NCEA’s suggestion that there should be tripartite discussion among Nepalese carpet exporters, importers and the Government of Nepal for reaching a most viable solution to introduce appropriate label for the Nepalese carpet. I take this opportunity to thank the Publication Committee, the Secretariat and our valued advertisers from the bottom of my heart for their invaluable contribution, hard work and financial support to publish this magazine.

Ram Bahadur Gurung
President

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