“Namche Bazar to Cox’s Bazar Connectivity” Conference
Nepal Study Visit 2022
18- 23 January
Youth Development Center (YDC) Nepal is going to organize Namche Bazar to Cox’s Bazar Connectivity Conference & Nepal Study Visit 2022 taking place in 18-23 January 2022. This is an opportunity to learn from interaction of more than 200 Nepali people from diverse sector during 10+ program/meetings & also space to promote your idea, action, business, culture & tourism.
Who can be the Team Members?
People from diverse sector including university youth, entrepreneur, govt/municipality representative, NGO, social worker and so on.
Tour Fee: $ 300
Tour fee covers accommodation, food, transportation, kits & certification for the delegate per person for six days including pick up & drop airport. Fee does not cover the any taxes, covid test, insurance and any contingency cost.
Participant Registration Form: https://forms.gle/XV7ZH9AzhKAbB7oH8
|1||18 January (Tuesday)||Dhaka- Kathmandu- Ghalegaun||– Welcome and reception
– Travel to Ghalegaun
|2||19 January (Wednesday)||Ghalegaun||– Homestay (stay with rural family) & cultural exchange
– Meeting with community organization/NGO, forest users group & community female health volunteer
– Micro-credit /cooperative visit & handicraft center visit
|3||20 January (Thursday)||Ghalegaun- Pokhara||– Municipality & community health center Visit
– Mountain museum, waterfall visit
– Group meeting with people from different sector
– Dinner at beach side (fewa lake)
|4||21 January (Friday)||Pokhara- Kathmandu||– Sunrise view (mountain)
– Paragliding, zipline, cycling, hiking, boating (optional)
|5||22 January (Saturday)||Kathmandu||– Namche Bazar to Cox’s Bazar Connectivity Conference
– Kathmandu city tour & Marketing
|6||23 January (Sunday)||Kathmandu- Dhaka||– Meeting with parliamentarian and people from different sector
– Fly to Dhaka
Nepal Coordinator: Arun Khadka- +977 9851018425 (WhatsApp/Viber)
Bangladesh Coordinator: Asif Rahman Shaheen- +880-1914908348
Bilateral Relations between Nepal and Bangladesh:
Diplomatic relations were established between Nepal and Bangladesh on April 8, 1972. Nepal is the seventh country to recognize Bangladesh as an independent country before the establishment of diplomatic relations. The two countries have a mutually beneficial and cordial relationship. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, the bilateral relations between Nepal and Bangladesh have been characterized by cordiality, harmony, mutual understanding and common values and aspirations of the people. The two countries also have same kind of cultural behavior, food, and customs and so on. The environment and geographical area of Bangladesh is similar to the Terai region of our Nepal. Bangladesh is a country with a aerial distance of about 27 kilometers from Nepal and 37 kilometers in distance in road via India.
Nepal and Bangladesh share similar views on various issues of common interest and work closely in various regional and international forums, including the United Nations, NAM, SAARC and BIMSTEC. As underdeveloped countries, the two countries have been raising issues of common interest in the World Trade Organization, UNCTAD, the United Nations Economic and Social Body (ECOSOC) as well as in regional and international forum such as SAARC and BIMSTEC.
The Joint Economic Commission was formed between the two countries in 1978 at the level of Finance Minister. The two countries have launched new initiatives in banking, finance and finance for cooperation. Areas of joint trade and investment potential have been identified in the areas of readymade garments, leather and pharmaceuticals. Bangladesh has been providing scholarships in medical and engineering for Nepali students.
The exchange of visits at various levels has strengthened the ties between the two neighbors. High-level visits have also been exchanged between the two countries from time to time. The Government of Nepal has been attaching special importance to foreign relations in the process of identifying new areas of trade and investment by expanding mutual relations with neighboring and other countries with the national aspiration of prosperous Nepal.
Economic and trade relations:
Economic and trade relations between Nepal and Bangladesh have been steadily increasing in recent years and there is a huge potential to expand and diversify trade between the two countries. Nepal’s exports to Bangladesh are mainly yellow pulses, oil, cakes, cardamom, wheat, vegetable seeds, handicrafts, pashmina, etc. Bangladesh’s exports include industrial raw materials, chemical fertilizers, textiles and textiles, jute products, electrical and electronic goods. The exchange of visits at various levels has strengthened the ties between the two countries. Nepal and Bangladesh work closely on issues of common interest by discussing various issues such as expansion of bilateral trade, development of multipurpose transport and connectivity network, improvement of transit facilities and investment promotion.
Introduction to Youth Development Center:
The Youth Development Center is a non-profit social organization which works in different areas including Youth Participation & Empowerment, Young Women Empowerment & SRHR, Youth Entrepreneurship & Livelihood and Youth Volunteerism & Community Service. The main responsibility of the Youth Development Center is to enhance the personality of the youth, to develop the youth entrepreneurship, to strengthen the organization of youth leadership and to serve the society. It was established in 2062 BS (2004 AD) in Itahari, Sunsari. It currently has its head office in Itahari and a branch office in Kathmandu. YDC has been working within the local level to the national and international level. The organization has been expanding its branches in Bangladesh, India, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, working in South Asia.
International programs of Youth Development Center
The international programs of the Youth Development Center are as follows.
- Nepal Bangladesh Youth Conference (2017, 2019, 2020, 2021)
- International Youth Conference (2017)
- India Study Tour (2018)
- Bangladesh Bhutan India Nepal Youth Camp (2019, 2020)
- Global Youth Flash (2019)
- Bangladesh Study Tour (2019)
- International Youth Policy Conference (2019)
Brief information about the visit:
Youth Development Center Nepal and Youth Development Center Bangladesh in collaboration with Trek Hill are organizing the Nepal Study Visit 2021 from 11 January to 16th January. The main objective of the visit is to bring together the work, business and tourism initiatives taken by the governmental, non-governmental, and private sectors of Bangladesh and Nepal, as well as cultural exchanges.
This visit will help to promote Nepal-Bangladesh bilateral relations and strengthen the ties between the citizens of both the countries. The problems of both countries, Nepal and Bangladesh are characterized by similar nature and such visits will help the citizens of the two countries to get to know each other. This type of visit provides an opportunity for everyone to study common problems and find common solutions.
This initiative will help encourage regional cooperation for a cooperative approach to current issues of the two countries. Observation tours of various tourist and business areas of the country can be used in the country by learning the technology and style used there.
Major Insights of the Visit
1.Homestays in Nepal
The homestay meaning in Nepali is ‘Gharbas’, which means to live in a home. The concept of home-away-home implies to a homestay. Homestay let people experience the local lifestyle with an understanding of the living standard of the locality along with the social life and local civilization. Homestays in Nepal are beautiful as they offer wonderful experiences to the people. The authentic taste of local cuisine, the lifestyle and the true essence of living like locals in the diverse geographical locations is the best part of staying in the local homes. There are a lot of things to do while staying in the homestay. Homestays are specially developed to give an experience of being involved in the local community. Homestay in Nepal is mostly centered in small villages, where life is easy and simple, and regeneration from the daily troubles of urban life. The community-based tourism practice submerged the homestays concept. The diverse ethnicities have their own culture and identity and for tourists, every identity is a new experience and a learning process. The elite travelers visit Nepal to get an authentic rural experience. While the homestays are primarily designed to facilitate travelers with the accommodation but it can also act as an experience hub. The local people will be showing their traditional culture in the form of dance & music and it will be great opportunity for the delegates as well for the cultural exchange.
To know more: https://holidaystonepal.com/blogs/homestay-in-nepal
Nepal, officially the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, is a landlocked country located along the Himalayas and bordered to the north by China and to the south, east, and west by India. On September 20, 2015 a new constitution established Nepal as a three-tiered federal democratic country (previously, one centralized authority) with seven provinces and 753 Local Governments which include six Metropolitan Cities (Mahanagarpalika), 11 Sub Metropolitan Cities (Upa-Mahanagarpalika), 276 Municipalities (Nagarpalika) and 460 Rural Municipalities (Gaunpalika).
After the decentralization, local bodies in Nepal have become more empowered than ever. Participation of the people in planning, execution and reviewing has put the pressure upon the stakeholders to become sincere, accountable and transparent. Local governments have the authority collect taxes and revenues under various headings including: road, transportation, land, construction, business, registration and recommendation, and tourism, among others. The regulation of market, conservation of environment, waste management, and disaster management also and collaborating with the central and provincial government for the mega-scale projects are among the responsibilities of local government. With the budget drafted from the centre, the municipalities and rural municipalities are motivated to come up with their annual plans and programs and allocated the budgets for them.
3.Microfinance & Cooperative Visits
Nepal is highly heterogeneous in terms of population density, per capita income, poverty incidence, economic structure and social development. Microfinance and its contribution in the economy of Nepalese people have been very significant. Microfinance is an innovation for the developing countries like Nepal. It provides self-employment opportunity for poor people who are unemployed, entrepreneurs and farmers who are not bankable because of the lack of collateral, very low level of income. It has successfully enabled poor people to start their own business generating income and often beginning to build up wealth. It has the capacity to enhance the socio-economic development of the vulnerable and marginalized people, especially women.
4.Community Organization in Nepal
Mothers’ Group is one of the oldest civil society groups in Nepal’s history which is one of the examples of community organization in Nepal. Mother’s group “Aama Samuha” are mainly engaged in the works such as facilitating community conflict resolution, establishing savings and credit schemes, taking care of the environment, helping community health workers, supporting victims of domestic violence, working on family planning issues, improving the overall economic situation of women, campaigning around children’s education and other issues. Besides this, local health centers are established in around every municipality in Nepal which focus on health promotion, and disease prevention and management, and are dedicated to improve the health and well being of local residents through their swift services. Along with this local youth clubs are actively engaged to facilitate leadership and capacity development and mobilization of its members; develop youth-friendly programmes in coordination with the local level; raise public awareness against deep-rooted social malpractices and anomalies and so on.
5.Role of FCHVs in Nepal
Nepal’s Female Community Health Volunteers (FCHVs) program started in 1988. In the early years of program initiation, FCHVs were assigned to promote and distribute the family planning commodities such as condoms and pills. After almost three decades, these health volunteers have become an indispensable part of community-based health programs in Nepal. FCHVs are an integral part of many community-based health programs, and their roles are instrumental in linking families and communities to community health workers and periphery-level health facilities. Female Community Health Volunteers are playing important roles in the implementation of many community-based maternal and child health programs such as National Immunization Program, Birth Preparedness Package, Community-Based Integrated Management of Neonatal and Childhood Illness (CB-IMNCI), Integrated Management of Acute Malnutrition, Infant and Young Child Feeding, and Family Planning program.
6.Community Forest User Groups (CFUGs)
Community forest management is one of the successful stories of green economy sectors in Nepal recognized by the United Nation Environment Programme. It was initiated in Nepal to mitigate increasing deforestation and forest degradation and address the negative impacts on rural livelihoods. Community forestry management had a great role in biodiversity conservation in Nepal. Community forestry management in Nepal is successful in providing important rights, including decision making, empowerment over forest management and use, and access to forest resources at the community level. Community forestry policy and institutional innovations contribute to improved welfare and livelihood security in Nepal by increasing access of CFUG to forest products and by providing positive impacts on income, employment and entrepreneurial opportunities, livelihood diversification, and broader community development activities. Up to date, a total of 1,798,733 ha of community forest is handed over to 18,960 community forest user group throughout the country. The trend of conversion of public forest into community forest is increasing rapidly with the need and interest of local community in conserving forest.
7.Namche Bazar to Cox’s Bazar Connectivity Conference
Stretching a remarkable 75 miles in length, Cox’s Bazar Beach is one of the uninterrupted natural sand beached in all of Bangladesh. Most of Cox’s Bazar is 660 ft wide at high tide and 1,300 feet at low tide. Cox’s Bazar is one of the most visited destinations in Bangladesh. Namche Bazaar is a town in Everest region, Nepal located at an altitude of 3450m/11,319ft. Namche is a gateway to the higher echelons of the Himalayas, namely Everest. From here one may branch towards the village of Thame or continue on to take one of the two main routes, to Gokyo lakes or towards the Everest base camp. This bowled shaped village is a huge Sherpa settlement so high up and far from any other sizeable settlement. “The Bazar” word denotes the common context of South Asian Region. The main objective of the conference is to explore the opportunities for trade, business and tourism among the both countries.
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