Experts stress need of job platform, manpower skills

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By Bishnu Prasad Pokhrel Damak, June 24: Concerned stakeholders have urged the government authorities to be serious and support the development of employment sector to provide proper platform for manpower across the country.

Speaking at the Employment Fair organised in Damak, Jhapa, experts urged that the country is failing to generate more employment alongside preparing skilled manpower.

“Nepal still doesn’t have good number of skilled manpower. 

Those with skills have also been going abroad. Producing skilled manpower and utilising them within the country by providing quality platform should be the priority. All three tiers of the government should coordinate with private sector to address the problem,” said Chandiraj Dhakal, vice president at SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The fair has been organised by Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Damak, and Damak Municipality.

Dhakal, who is also a former chairman of FNCCI central committee, added that the government should identify sectors where it can create lucrative employment for skilled manpower.

“Organising employment fair is a very positive approach to bring manpower and companies under the same roof. Similar fairs should be organised throughout the country,” said Dhakal.

The fair features stalls of different businesses seeking manpower alongside institutions providing skill training and entrepreneurs sharing their visions for economic support.

Hundreds of job seekers have also filled the forms by stating their skills. It will be reviewed by several employers seeking skilled manpower. 

“We have been serious in increasing jobs within our municipality. We are also providing skill training to the public. Organising the fair was our first step and we plan to do more in the sector,” said Ram Kumar Thapa, mayor of Damak Municipality.

Damak’s deputy mayor Regina Bhattarai applauded the step of FNCCI, Damak, for organising an employment fair rather than an entertainment-based fair.  

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