Visit Boosted Our Confidence

Bhawani Rana, the vice president of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Aug. 31, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No.-06 Aug. 30 -2013 (Bhadra 14, 2070)

How do you take your visit to Thailand?

We learned about the One Tambon One Product (OTOP) program and explored the possibilities to expand trade with Thailand. The visit also provided an international exposure to women entrepreneurs from various districts. We also visited OTOP Trade Fair in Thailand, which was useful for us to learn the way women entrepreneurs make the ´One Village One Product´ program possible.

How many members were there?

There were women entrepreneurs from 17 districts, from tourism, agriculture and handicraft sectors. The women entrepreneurs visited Bang Sai Arts and Craft Center at Ayutthaya to learn about skills development.

What lesson did your team learn?

The visit helped boost the confidence level of the participants and encouraged them to work hard. One of the important parts of the visit is that Nepalese women from remote areas like Jumla, Myagdi and Khotang expressed that they will start producing goods using the local resources to make various handicraft products like in Thailand.

What interested Thai women entrepreneurs in your delegation?

I am happy to say that Thai women entrepreneurs showed keen interest toward textile products made from natural fibers like Dhaka, Pashmina and Allo. They are also interested to open dealership for Thai food products in Nepal and develop tour packages to Nepal. One of the major achievements is that some Thai entrepreneurs are visiting Nepal next week to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Nepali entrepreneurs in these sectors.

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