Transparency International Nepal along with Purba Kamrachari Sewa Parisad Nepal and Ramro Nepal held a discussion program titled ‘Public policy and corruption’ at Kathmandu on 09th Aug 2018. Mr. Himalayan Shamsher Rana, the first governor of the Nepal Rastra Bank, was the chief guest of the event. Mr. Bishal Khanal, Faculty member of the School of Law, Kathmandu University and Founder member of Ramro Nepal, presented his paper titled ‘Public Policy and Corruption’. Former governor, Mr. Dipendra Bahadur Kshettri and former secretary of GoN, Mr. Khemraj Regmi commented on the paper.
Presenting his paper, Mr. Khanal highlighted 13 different categories of policy corruption that takes place every now and then including exploitation of natural resource, political nexus with business sector, foreign/ international interest on public polices and public procurement, among others. Senior Advocate and President of TI-Nepal, Mr. Shree Hari Aryal, chaired the event and highlighting the direct linkages between corruption and politics. Former ambassadors, former commissioners of constitutional bodies, former civil servants, researchers, professors, civil society representatives and media representatives attend the event. Participants were unanimous in raising their concern on the trend of increasing corruption through policy level decisions by political representatives.