Gyaneshwor Raj Shrestha is a newly elected president of Nepalese Young Entrepreneurs’ Forum (NYEF) Pokhara. We have caught him for a short chitchat regarding his future plans as a new head of NYEF Pokhara. Excerpts:
Could you tell us some of your future plans as NYEF Pokhara president?
I am thinking of conducting an international level training for our NYEF members to enhance their entrepreneurship for the promotion of their business. I will also work for the well-being of our entrepreneur friends in the days to come. More than that, we will continue our social supports to the schools which have been supported by NYEF Pokhara for few years.
What are the contributions of NYEF Pokhara in social sector?
We had handed over Montessori and stationary materials to Saraswoti Lower Secondary School at Siding in Lwang Ghalel Village Development Committee- 9 on , Kaski on last October. Likewise, NYEF had also donated a solar system to Bakrek Primary School at Kristi of Kaski. We had also built a school building there as their old building was collapsed by last year’s devastating earthquake. We also donated some logistics to the people from earthquake affected areas especially of Dhading district of Nepal.
What are the key problems that entrepreneurs have been facing in recent years?
Unstable politics, load-shedding, unionism in business and industry sectors are some of the problems that we have been facing for more than a decade. Poor management and scarcity of skilled manpower have also hampered to our businesses.
How much effects do you see in business sector following the government change in every 9-month?
This unstable politics is hindering the investment friendly environment in Nepal. The government-change in 9/9 months is also another big problem not only for the development works of the nation but also for the business sector that has been badly affected in the sense of implementation of changing government policies. But, private sector is ready to go hand in hand with the government for the economic development of Nepal.
NYEF Pokhara claims it has been empowering positive business thinking among the entrepreneurs; doing business from the family property is entrepreneurship?
I don’t think so; there are so many young entrepreneurs who are doing their business on their own in Pokhara. Some of them are very creative and helpful to the society. Most of my friends are having very good investment by their own earning too.