Message from the Vice-Chairman

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Nepal today is a country in a hurry. Building on the landmark political achievements in recent years of expanding democratic freedoms and building an inclusive polity, Nepal now seeks to leapfrog in development terms, harnessing its unexploited economic assets, consolidating social gains, and minimizing location-specific vulnerabilities.

The priority now is on job-creating economic change, propelled by large investments in infrastructure and the creative ingenuity of our youth bulge.

After a gap of nearly twenty years, elected local governments are being formed in the grassroots with great enthusiasm. Conditional on improved governance, this will redress our deficits in public service provisioning and lackluster rural growth.

As the new Constitution steers Nepal away from a unitary to a federal structure, bodies like the National Planning Commission need to adapt to taking the long view.

During my tenure, I plan to help reorient NPC into a credible public-sector think tank that nurtures evidence-based policymaking; articulate elements of a long-term development vision; expedite the pursuit of the next generation of social and economic reforms; redress coordination failures in projects of national priority; and foster cooperative federalism.    

Public service is a noble calling, and I humbly seek the support and goodwill of everyone who wishes Nepal and Nepalis well.

Swarnim Waglé

August 6, 2017

Vice Chairman's op-ed in The Indian Express during the State Visit of the Prime Minister of Nepal to India, August 24, 2017.