AIN Delegation met Prime Minister Dr. Baburam Bhattarai in his office yesterday in Singha Durbar to put forth AIN's issues and concerns and to request him to take into consideration ways to address them.
In the meeting, AIN Vice Chair Lex Kessenberg gave a brief introduction to AIN to the Prime Minister. AIN Chair Achyut Luitel then presented on the role and contributions of AIN members in the development of Nepal, which was followed by AIN former Chair Dr. Shibesh Chandra Regmi briefing the PM about the challenges AIN members in particular and INGOs in general are facing currently. He presented on some of the pressing issues that needed urgent action on part of the government, including the delays AIN members faced for getting project agreements approved. He also raised issues that required long term consideration and efforts on part of the government to facilitate development work in Nepal, including making the one window policy more effective.
The Prime Minister said that despite some short comings, the overall the contribution of INGOs in the country was appreciable and positive. He stated that the government policy had always been to support INGOs\' work and assured that improvement that was needed in the government system to better facilitate INGOs would be sought. He, however, said that there were some inconveniences owing to the transitional state of the country and urged INGOs community to be patient.
Senior officials of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare, Ministry of Finance and Prime Minister's Office also participated in the meeting.
AIN Delegates comprised Chair Achyut Luitel, Vice Chair Lex Kessenberg, SC member Deepak R Sapkota, Former Chair Dr. Shibesh Chanda Regmi, Senior Finance Manager of Save the Children Bishnu Poudel and Secretariat staff Lucky Gurung, Reshma Shrestha and Mohan Rai.