KATHMANDU: National Planning Commission (NPC) conducted consultations with international development partners on the draft of the 16th periodic plan and the smooth transition strategy for least developed countries (LDCs).
A discussion, chaired by NPC Vice-Chairman Min Bahadur Shrestha, took place on Tuesday, during which officials from the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, as well as ambassadors and representatives from various countries, offered their recommendations.
Hanna Singar Hamdy, United Nations Resident Representative, and Riina-Riikka Heikka, Ambassador of Finland to Nepal, are jointly presiding over the Nepal-based International Development Partners Group (IDPG). Hamdy stated that Nepal would embark on the next phase of development following its graduation from the LDC.
Other development partners at the meeting emphasized the need to establish a clear connection between the 16th plan and the LDC graduation strategy.
NPC Vice-Chairman Shrestha confirmed that the constructive suggestions received from the development partners would be incorporated into the 16th plan.
Previously, the NPC had discussed the five-year 16th plan with the newly appointed members of the National Development Council.