“The private sector is the backbone of the digital economy, in which the government should increase the budget.”

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“The private sector is the backbone of the digital economy, in which the government should increase the budget.”

The government has also announced various programs from the private sector saying that emphasis should be laid on digital economy for the overall development of the country.

The Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) has emphasized on digital economy through Vision 2030, while the government has also announced various programs to link digital payments to administrative services and other businesses.

Experts say that even though some programs have come from all sides, there is a lack of necessary budget and clear program for it. Speaking at a digital dialogue program on Saturday, the experts drew the government’s attention to the lack of a program but lack of budget, coordination and focus.

Chairman of the ICT Development Committee of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Mangesh Lal Shrestha said that some good programs have been included in this year’s budget. He said that it was necessary to coordinate with the private sector to move the digital economy forward.

It is said that there is a need to improve the local genetic area in the data centers as it does not include many issues. Stating that the government needs to formulate policies on new technologies including AI, he said that it is necessary in the digital economy.

“The private sector is a key factor in the digital economy,” said Shrestha. He also said that there is a need for knowledge-based economy by promoting digital startups.

“The private sector is a key factor in the digital economy,” said Shrestha. He also said that there is a need for knowledge-based economy by promoting digital startups.

He stressed on the need for digital economy to achieve the 2030 vision of one million dollars economy taken by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

CAN Federation President Nawaraj Kunwar said that a separate ministry of IT was needed to develop the technology. Stating that some of the programs brought by the government for the coming fiscal year are positive, he said that such programs are also due to COVID-19.

“The programs in the budget are very old,” Kunwar said. “The new ones have come because of Covid 19.”

Though information technology would be integrated in every sector, it could not be integrated in business. He pointed out the need to keep software and hardware in service along with the internet. “Nepal’s software should be given first priority but it has not reached the vision,” he said. “The hardware, mobile and software sectors need to be given special attention.”

He pointed out the need to keep software and hardware in service along with the internet.

Chairman of the Nepal Internet Service Providers Association Sudhir Parajuli said that the state did not understand in which areas the tax would be levied.

“We have said many times on the internet that we have reduced taxes a lot,” he said. “Assurances came from the minister but the budget did not address them.” At present, 46 percent tax is levied on various types of internet.

Stating that there is no problem in connectivity in Nepal now, Parajuli said that attention should be paid to local content and its proper use. He said that connectivity has reached 97 percent of the area by July. He said the government’s investment in the ICT sector was very low.

He also said that the program was scattered and investment could not be made by focusing.

Management Consultant Sumana Shrestha said that women’s participation in the digital sector was very low and attention should be paid to increase their participation.

“The main problem when it comes to digitization is the lack of data,” she said. “The lack of data makes it impossible to get general information and work.”

She said that if you want to make a leap from the digital sector, you need to focus on the necessary data, accurate data and the use of new technology. Although the government has been calling it a smart city for many years, it still does not understand what a smart city is.

“The main problem when it comes to digitization is the lack of data,” she said. “The lack of data makes it impossible to get general information and work.”

“Technology is a means to develop digital infrastructure,” she said. “Digital thinking is essential for transformation.” She said that coordination and awareness among the local bodies is needed.

Economic Adviser of the Ministry of Finance Dr. Puskar Kumar Shah said that the information and communication technology sector should not be abandoned for the development of the country.
He said that government services still need to be digitalized. The government is working on it gradually.

He said that the transformation of digital economy and digital finance is also taking place, adding that budget programs are continuously coming. He said that the implementation of such budget programs has taken time due to geographical reasons.

“How much have you been able to improve living standards by using technology?” He said. “We need to focus on using technology in a productive way.” Stating that the development of technology can help reduce the trade deficit of the country, he said that it is necessary to promote the production of software.

Anil Kumar Dutt, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, said that this year’s budget was positive and welcomed by all. “All in all, telecom and telecommunications, information and communication technology has a budget of Rs 15 to 20 billion,” he said.

Digital Nepal Framework 2076 has been brought as a game changer project and citizen app has been promoted under this program. Budgets and programs are in operation in various fields including governance, digitization, land revenue, health, agriculture and education. He said that a cyber security policy is being drafted.

“We are focusing on the development of the digital foundation,” he said. “Various programs are being conducted for that.” National identity cards are also being distributed.
However, he said that there were some problems.

He said that there is a lack of coordination while working. “There is a lack of coordination between the ministry and other bodies,” he said. “There is also a lack of coordination between the private sector and documentation.”

“There is a lack of coordination between the ministry and other bodies,” he said. “There is also a lack of coordination between the private sector and documentation.”

Former Minister Ganesh Shah said that even though the Digital Nepal Framework was brought as a game changing project, there was no budget allocation accordingly. He said the internet and digital foundations were important and should be a priority for the government.

Editor of ICT News Santosh Neupane gave a presentation on the budget programs brought by the government in the field of information technology in the last year.

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Rabins Sharma Lamichhane is the owner of RabinsXP who is constantly working for increasing the Internet of Things (IoT) in Nepal. He also builds android apps and crafts beautiful websites. He is also working with various social services. The main aim of Lamichhane is to digitally empower the citizens of Nepal and make the world spiritually sound better both in terms of technology and personal development. Rabins is also the first initiator of Digital Nepal.

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