Nepal Furniture and Furnishing Entrepreneurs Federation has elected its new leadership through consensus. The seventh annual general convention of the federation which concluded in Kathmandu on Saturday unanimously elected Sujil Shrestha as its new president. The federation also elected a 20 member executive committee headed by Shrestha on the basis of consensus.
Rajesh Kumar Agrawal has been elected as senior vice president, Naresh Kumar Shrestha as first vice president and Yuvaraj Poudyal as second vice president. Similarly, Gokul Shrestha has been elected as third vice president whereas Om Bahadur Basnet has been elected as general secretary. Likewise, Badri Prasad Humagain has been elected as treasure, Rajkumar Dahal as secretary and Apsara Thapa as joint treasurer. The new cwc members of the federation include Hari Kumar Sharma, Ashok Kumar Kunwar, Khagendra Kharel, Prem Bahadur Thapa, Gyan Bahadur Nepali, Loknath Regmi, SHive Prasad Pandey and Anish Joshi. Ajaya Kumar Ghiraiya and Manish Agrawal have elected on behalf of associate members and Om Prakash Lohiya has been elected on behalf of life members.
Speaking at the inaugural of the convention as chief guest Minister for Forest and Environment Ramsahaya Prasad Yadav said, the government is committed towards addressing the problems related to the furniture and furnishing industry. The government is working towards making Nepal self-reliant in wood required by the furniture industry. Nepal will be self-reliant in forest resources in the next three years and after five years we will be able to export forest resources, he claimed.
There are currently more than 12,000 furniture industries being operated across the country. The industry has been providing direct employment to more than 200,000 people. There are more than 30, billion rupees worth investment in furniture industry and the annual turnover of the industry amounts to Rs. 40 billion. At present, around 60 percent of raw materials are imported from foreign country.