Kathmandu, May 20: Chief Executive Officer of the National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Sushil Gyewali has said that the role of local communities in the post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal is an example for the world.
Addressing an international conference on reconstruction held in Geneva, Switzerland, CEO Gyewali said that the involvement of the local government and active participation of the local communities have led to speedy reconstruction works in Nepal and this process will contribute significantly in making the reconstruction work sustainable and in building a resilient society.
The conference, which is organized every two years, had the slogan: “Inclusion for Resilient Reconstruction”.
CEO Gyewali presented a paper on “Nepal’s Reconstruction: Inclusion” at the conference and also addressed a forum on disaster management.
He said that Nepal’s reconstruction is moving forward with the involvement of local governments, with the adoption of federal system of governance.
He informed that the NRA has arranged for special technical, financial and community support in private house reconstruction for earthquake affected families who are at risk or are poor. He expressed that a broader perspective is required in social inclusion along with economic, technical, cultural, institutional and legal basis.
During the conference, the international community applauded Nepal’s recent and inspirational progress in reconstruction.
The Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Chief of the United Nations Development Program, AsakoOkai, said that Nepal has been gradually doing well after the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 and the damages caused by it.
According to the special representative of the UN Secretary-General and the Chief of disaster management, MamiMijurori, the reconstruction work in Nepal through community mobilization, and more than 700,000 households now linked with banking system during private house reconstruction, are very significant achievements.
The conference was jointly organized by international organizations, including the UN, the World Bank, the European Union and the Swiss government.
During the conference, CEO Gyewali held separate meetings with the World Bank Director SamehWahba and the UN Under-Secretary-General AsakoOkai.
While stating that Nepal’s progress in reconstruction work is encouraging and appreciable, the World Bank Director Wahba informed that World Bank is discussing on providing further support to the Nepal government in future. The World Bank has already made an agreement to provide US dollars 500 million for private house reconstruction.
During her meeting with CEO Gyewali, UN’s Under-Secretary-General AsakoOkai said that Nepal’s experience in post-earthquake reconstruction will be important for the international community. During the meeting, CEO Gyewali expressed that the UN should make further efforts to increase the support provided by the international community for post-disaster reconstruction and rehabilitation work in least developed countries like Nepal.
CEO Gyewali also met with PK Mishra, the Additional Secretary of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and former Director of Gujrat State Disaster Management Authority, during the conference. CEO Gyawalidiscussed with him the modalities to utilize the grant and loan support to be provided by the Indian government.
Similarly, CEO Gyewali met with the Director of JICA and discussed on the progress related to reconstruction work and support received from Japan.
CEO Gyawali returned to Nepal on May 19.