Kathmandu, October 22: The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) is organizing an International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction (ICNR) from December 7 to 9 in Kathmandu.
The NRA has completed the basic reconstruction and rehabilitation works of infrastructures damaged in the April 25, 2015 earthquake during almost six years of its establishment and has already handed over the responsibility of remaining works to concerned ministries, departments and agencies. The learning and experiences from the post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation has created a basis for achieving the national goal of building a disaster-resilient Nepal.
Chief Executive Officer of the NRA Sushil Gyewali said that the international conference is being organized to share Nepal’s learning and experiences with national and international communities.
The main slogan of the ICNR is – “From Reconstruction to Resilience”.
During the conference, various research papers will be presented on different aspects of reconstruction like private housing reconstruction, rebuilding of cultural heritage sites, reconstruction of public infrastructures, initiatives on livelihood and economic recovery and governance. Various issue-based sessions will also be organized during the three-day conference.
Convener of ICNR and Executive Committee Member of the NRA Dr. Chandra Bahadur Shrestha informed that the NRA has invited national and international delegates from many development partners, experts and representatives of various organizations.
A special web portal https://icnr.nra.gov.np has also been prepared which has been unveiled today. Joint Spokesperson of the NRA and member of the ICNR organizing committee Manohar Ghimire informed that all the necessary information and activities related to the upcoming international conference have been included in the new web portal.
The NRA which was established on December 25, 2015 has completed all the important works of reconstruction and rehabilitation and has now handed over the remaining works to the concerned government agencies as per the government decision.
It can be recalled that the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction was first held on June 25, 2015, two months after the earthquake, to garner support from the international community. The international community committed total of Rs. 410 billion at the conference. However, with deduction of amount spent on immediate rescue and relief works, the actual commitment turned out to be Rs. 321 billion. Out of this amount, agreements have been signed for Rs. 313 billion which is 97.5 percent of the committed amount. This is significant realization of donor support in case of post-disaster reconstruction works compared to other countries.
The NRA has thanked the government agencies, political parties, non-governmental organizations, international community, development partners, various other organizations, local communities and the media for their unwavering support in the post-earthquake reconstruction and rehabilitation.