Institute for Integrated Development Studies (IIDS) organized a special lecture titled “Fiscal Federalism in Nepal: Opportunities and Challenges”, on July 18th at Hotel Yak and Yeti. It was the first of the Distinguished Lecture Series delivered by Prof. M Govinda Rao, an expert on fiscal federalism and a member of Fourteenth Finance Commission, Government of India. The goal of the lecture is to contribute towards understanding of fiscal aspects of federalism and to foster informed debate and discussion among the political parties, policy makers and the general population. Prof. Rao began his lecture by stating that formation of a federal structure in Nepal is an enormously complex task and warned that it is not a panacea to Nepal’s ills. He concluded by stressing that economic growth and development is the key to solving our problems. The lecture program was chaired by Dr. Bhekh Bahadur Thapa, founding member of IIDS whereas Dr. Bishnu Dev Pant, Executive Director of IIDS delivered the welcome remarks. The lecture was
Well attended by diplomats, retired senior government officials (secretaries), Constituent Assembly member, Member of National Planning, Commission, leader and members of political parties, former minister, prominent academics, journalist and members of civil society. A question-answer session followed lecture. The program was wrapped up with the closing remarks of Dr. Mohan Man Sainju, Board Chairman of IIDS.
The Asia Foundation (TAF) and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation (BPKF) provided the financial support for the lecture program.