Unfolding Futures: Building Nepal Grounds Up

Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa, Canada
Thursday, 10 July 2008, 6:30PM – 9:30PM
Friday, 11 July 2008, 8:30AM – 5 PM
Saturday, 12 July 2008, 8:30AM – Noon
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While there is a grass-root support and desire for change in Nepal, forces of tradition and geopolitical realities have undermined its thrust. Although how the future will unfold is not completely clear, there are rays of hope on the horizon that the forces that are relentlessly working for positive change will prevail. Against this backdrop, the objective of this conference is to provide a forum for discussions and analysis of the lessons learned from the failures of the past and to advance new policies for building a New Nepal that is strong, resilient, democratic, just, and prosperous. The impetus is to find means for durable progress in social, economic, technical and political front and for dynamically adapting in an ever changing world.

We invite all concerned with salient developmental and socioeconomic issues of Nepal to attend the conference and learm from researchers and scholars who present the papers. Of the 15 papers received, authors of the 12 papers will be present and 10 papers will be presented to the audience. You will be able to read the rest of the papers through online source. The thematic breakdown of the papers has been done as follows:

  • Political Restructuring: From the land of promises to promised land – July 11
  • Economic Paradigm I: Natural Resources, July 11
  • Economic Paradigm II: Budgetary Priority, Innovation, and Social Issues, July 11
  • Special Session: Lesson Learned and Future Strategy, July 12

Program Schedule

Thursday, July 10, 2008 Session I: Welcome to conference presenters

  • 18:30-21:30 – Welcome, dinner, and orientation for conference presenters and authors.

Friday, July 11, 2008

  • 8:30-8:50 Registration and Refreshment

Session I: Opening Remarks and Keynote Speech

  • 8:50-9:00 – Opening Remarks and Welcome Speaker
    • Dr. Basudeb Sharma, Conference Co-Chair, and Professor of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, e-business, and Strategic Management/Business Policy, University of New Brunswick
  • 9:00-9:45 – Keynote Speaker: Global Warming and its Impact on Himalayan Ice, Snow, and Economy
    • Dr. Jack D Ives, PhD-McGill, Professor, Carleton University; Professor Emeritus, University of California, Davis; Past Chairman of Mountain Geology Commission; Senior Advisor on Mountain Geology and Sustainable Development at United Nations University; Author of several books on Himalayan Ecology and long professional affiliation with Nepal
  • 9:45-10:00 – Nutrition Break
Session II
  • 10:00-10:45 – Keynote Speaker 2: Democratic Development in Nepal: Experiences from the Joint Project of Canadian and Nepal Bar Associations
    • Hon. Barry L Strayer, Q.C., Ph.D.-Harvard, B.C.L.-Oxford, L.L.B., Former Judge at Federal Court of Appeal; Former Chief Justice of Court Martial Appeal Court of Canada, Former Professor of Law at University of Saskatchewan; Constitutional consultant to a joint project of Canadian and Nepal Bar Association
  • 10:45-11:00 – Nutrition Break

Session III

    • 11:00-12:00 – Political Restructuring: From the land of promises to promised land
      Chair: Jean-Marc Mangin, Former Chief of Operations of International Humanitarian Assistance Programme at CIDA, and Head of Canada Cooperation Office in Nepal, 2003-2006
      • Federalism: Where is the Optimal Point of Distribution?
      • Planning and the Politics of Social Needs: Nascent Labour Market Issues
    • 12:00-13:00 – Lunch Break

Session IV

  • 13:15-15:00 – Economic Paradigm I: Natural Resources
    Chair: Jonathan Laine, Assistant Director of Planning (BSI), CIDA, Govt. of Canada
    • Eight “Ja” for Economic Revolution in Nepal
    • Transforming Nepalese Agriculture: Limitations, Potentials and Priorities for Resources Allocation 
    • Potential of Forest Resources in Economic Development of Nepal
  • 15:00 – 15:15 Nutrition Break

Session V

  • 15:15-17:00 – Economic Paradigm II: Budgetary Priority, Innovation, and Social Issues
    Chair: Dr. Basudeb Sharma, Professor, University of New Brunswick, Canada
    • International Discourse on National Innovation Systems: Implications for Innovation Policy in Nepalese Agriculture
    • Fixing the Past Mistake: What should be the Investment Priorities?
    • Health, Education and Wellness Gap in Nepal: Does Ethnicity Matter?
      • DP Rasali, Canada Forum for Nepal, Regina, Canada
  • 17:30-19:00 – Dinner

Special Session

  • 19:15-21:00 – Himalayan Heartbeat: A Nepal Cultural Evening

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Session VI

  • 9:00-10:00 – Innovation, Youth and Entrepreneurship
    Chair: Dr. Durga D Poudel, Professor, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA
    • IT Globalization and Harnessing of Productive Potential of Nepali Youth Resources
    • Opportunities for Productivity Growth and Innovation in Nepal

Session VII

  • 10:00-12:00 – Round Table
    Chair and Moderator: Dr. Pramod Dhakal, Executive Director, Canada Forum for Nepal, Canada

    Evaluation of Past Activities and Discussions on Future Strategies

  • 12:00-16:00 – City tour for out of town guests

Registration Fee: Institution Supported Participant: $250 Self Supported Participant: $25 Accompanying Family Members: $25 The registration fee will cover dinner, refreshments, conference materials and ticket to Nepal Cultural Evening on Friday.

For further information contact:

Basu Sharma [bsharma [at] unb.ca] +1-506-458-7349
Pramod Dhakal [pdhakal [at] gmail.com] +1-613-596-6692 +1-613-765-7153
Ram C Acharya [rc_acharya [at] hotmail.com] +1-613-823-8468

Mailing Address:
Dr. Basudeb Sharma
Professor of Human Resources Managment, Business Policy and e-Business
Faculty of Business Administration
University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, NB, Canada E3B 5A3
Phone: +1-506-458-7349
Fax: +1-506-453-3561

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