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Democrat Keshav Kandel elected president of NRNA NCC Australia

'I will also form a fund for welfare purposes under the non-resident Nepali Australian to help underprivileged people in Nepal'

SYDNEY: Democrat Keshav Kandel was elected president of the Non-Resident Nepali Association National Coordination Council of Australia. His nearest rival Dinesh Pokhrel received 3757 votes to Kandel’s 4148. Keshav Kandel and Dinesh Pokhrel were the contenders for the president’s post.

During the election campaign, Kandel assured that he had the necessary “ambition and resources” to assist in the integration of the Nepali community in Australia.

As the president of the NRNA NCC of Australia, Kandel will hopefully undertake similar ambitious initiatives. Some leading members of the NRNA NCC of Australia are wealthy individuals with sharp entrepreneurial skills. Other than the investment they can bring to Nepal, their years abroad have helped them amass expertise and skill that could be very useful for an underdeveloped economy. Non-residents in other countries, like India and China, have fueled their countries’ growth by bringing in foreign investment and diverse pools of knowledge. Diasporas undertake philanthropic initiatives in their community of origin, utilizing their social capital to pool resources and channel them into areas like health and education that need the most support.

Kandel said, “I will also form a fund for welfare purposes under the non-resident Nepali Australian to help underprivileged people in Nepal,”. He also vowed to continue the existing agenda of NRNs—strengthening the NRNA movement, issue of dual citizenship or continuation of Nepali citizenship.

Still, the Nepali state and NRNA ICC will need to work closely to find synergies. Beyond token social work and relief measures after natural disasters, the diaspora need to take concrete steps towards revitalizing the economy through investments, especially in labor-intensive infrastructure and tourism sectors.

The government, in turn, could take lessons from other diaspora driven economies and come up with a shared national vision for development that include setting up investment areas that are attractive to Nepalis living abroad. With right policy approach from the government, NRNs need not be a loss to the country but a strong asset.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission has declared the following candidates the winners of the various posts:

Published Date: Saturday, July 6th, 2019 | 06:21 PM

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