Export Competitiveness Key to Nepal's Economic Recovery: World Bank

    Wahyu Dwi Anggoro - 13 April 2021 11:46 WIB
    Export Competitiveness Key to Nepal's Economic Recovery: World Bank
    Illustration (Photo:Medcom.id)



    Kathmandu: After contracting for the first time in 40 years in FY2020, Nepal’s economy is projected to grow by 2.7 percent in FY2021, driven primarily by services as social distancing measures continue to be relaxed and vaccines rolled out for priority populations, states the World Bank’s latest Nepal Development Update.

    The update notes that the tourism sector may not fully recover without reforms to readjust to a post-covid-19 tourism market. The current account deficit is expected to widen marginally in FY2021 to 1.2 percent of GDP as imports and remittances recover modestly while exports remain tepid. Revenue performance is also expected to remain weak. This coupled with additional spending on economic relief measures, vaccinations, and the resumption of project implementation should contribute to increase the fiscal deficit close to 7 percent of GDP in FY2021.






    While the government has outlined a program to address the impacts of covid-19 to mitigate the attendant risks to the outlook, the Nepal Development Update highlights the importance of improving export competitiveness for a resilient economic recovery.

    "Nepal’s untapped export potential is estimated to be around US$9.2 billion, 12 times its actual annual merchandise exports," said Dr. Kene Ezemenari, World Bank Senior Economist and lead author of the update, in a press release on Monday.

    "This export potential represents an opportunity to create an estimated 220,000 new jobs, with significant implications for productivity growth. Realizing that potential is not unrealistic in the medium term," Ezemenari stated.

    The report outlines six key priorities for Nepal to achieve its export potential. These include reforming the tourism sector for a quick and resilient recovery; simplifying and streamlining processes to attract more FDI; modernizing export promotion and upgrading exporters’ capabilities; reducing trade costs; investing in phytosantary and quality control-related infrastructure; and boosting digital trade and e-commerce for more opportunities linked to global value chains.

    The Government of Nepal’s relief, restructuring and resilience plan addresses the pandemic’s impacts from the immediate to the long term with a focus on a green, resilient, inclusive recovery. The first stage of the plan is focused on relief support to businesses and households most affected by covid-19. In the restructuring phase or medium-term, the focus is on recovery through investments to promote and create green jobs that sustain the country’s natural capital base. In the long term, the plan focuses on sustainability and resilience for inclusive growth.


    (WAH)

    Bagaimana tanggapan anda mengenai artikel ini?

    Komentar

    LOADING
    Cara untuk mendapatkan Berita terbaru dari kami.

    Ikuti langkah berikut ini untuk mendapatkan notifikasi

    1. Akses Pengaturan/Setting Browser Anda
    2. Akses Notifications pada Pengaturan/Setting Browser Anda
    3. Cari https://m.medcom.id pada List Sites Notifications
    4. Klik Allow pada List Notifications tersebut

    Anda Selesai.

    Powered by Medcom.id