neftalk is a discussion series which aims at addressing the gap on pertinent economic development issues.

January 25, 2018
The French Embassy, Alliance Française de Katmandou & Nepal Economic Forum have the pleasure to invite you to the 2018 edition of La Nuit des Idées / The Night Of Ideas - "Power to Imagination" Panel discussion on "How does imagination drive the evolution of Nepali Society in a Global context?" Panelists :  • Mr. Akhilesh Upadhyay, Editor in chief of The Kathmandu Post • Ms. Ayushi KC, Founder of Khaalisisi, solution to trash collection in Kathmandu • Mr. Richard Werly,Journalist for Le temps de Genève, Libération, le Monde, TV5 • Ms. Subina Shrestha, Journalist for Al Jazeera and documentary film maker Moderator: Ms. Sumnima Udas, TV personality Location: Himalaya Hall, Hotel Himalaya, Lalitpur RSVP before Monday, 22 January 2018 at
June 27, 2017
LE TEMPS DE L’ACTION - Thoughts to Action Linkfest Talk on Economic Development in Landlocked Countries Part 2 27 June 2017   Speakers: Bipul Chatterjee, Executive Director, CUTS International Francois Driard, CEO, Himalayan French Cheese Kulman Ghising, Managing Director, Nepal Electricity Authority Minh D. Pham, Former UN Resident Coordinator Rensje Teerink, Ambassador, European Union Delegation to Nepal   Moderator: Sujeev Shakya, Chairperson, Nepal Economic Forum 

Night of Ideas: Economic Development of Landlocked Countries

January 26, 2017
There are currently 46 landlocked countries in the world. According to a World Bank report , landlocked countries pay more and wait longer for imported goods such as oil, food and others, and have an equally hard time exporting, resulting in slower rates of growth in comparison to coastal countries. There is therefore a strong correlation between landlocked countries and barriers to economic progress due to factors such as lack of adequate trade and transportation infrastructure, excessive transaction costs, and taxes. Such barriers prevent economies from becoming competitive in global markets. 

India's New Neighbourhood Policy: Can It Deliver?

November 28, 2016

For decades, India has enforced a policy based on a right of first refusal when Nepal and its other smaller neighbours required economic and security assistance. This approach has hardly been successful and is now no longer sustainable, especially as China expands its footprint across South Asia and presents itself as a competitive alternative. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “neighbourhood first” emphasis on cross-border connectivity seeks to correct this gap by increasing India’s capacity of first delivery. 

July 20, 2016

As a country where achieving short term goals takes up more importance than long term goals and where issues of economic visions are mostly consigned to mere words, NEF is looking at bringing forward a longer-term vision for Nepal in 2030, identifying potential changes across sectors and successively working towards these envisioned outcomes. In order to delve more into this thought-provoking topic, Nepal Economic Forum (NEF) organized a moderated panel discussion “Nepal in 2030”, which brought together insights from a diverse panel of professionals from different fields.