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Implementation emphasized in media coverage of Nepal broadband course

A lot of the discussion in the concluding sessions focused on implementation, as intended. Here is a participant writing about the highlights in Setopati, a digital newspaper:

Similarly, senior Director at Nepal Telecommunications Authority Anand Raj Khanal said broadband could be leveraged to graduate country from the least developed status to the developing on by 2022. Arguing that NTA’s primary role is the infrastructure development in terms of expansion of broadband, Director Khanal expressed doubt whether the contracts NTA had with Nepal Telecoms and other companies would be completed on time to ensure broadband access to people. According to him, contracts were signed this April and May to ensure broadband internet access for 11 quake-hit districts.

He too admitted, “We’re smart in policy formulation but weak at implementation. Development process is not an isolated event, however.”

The program organized jointly by LIRNEasia, Internet Society Nepal Chapter and Center for Law and Technology, stressed timely reform and strict monitoring of policies, congruity among implementing agencies, engagement of wider stakeholders, vibrant demand side, ICT not merely for promotion of ICT, but for the change in administration and governance.

These are the concluding paragraphs. Read the full report.

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