With the announcement of candidacy by industrialist Shekhar Golchha for the post of senior vice president of Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), his contest with another vice president Kishore Pradhan begins.
Golchha, the current vice president of FNCCI, will contest with another vice president Kishore Pradhan for the post of senior vice president in the upcoming annual general meeting of FNCCI, which has been scheduled for April 10.
Pradhan had announced his candidacy for the post a week back from Biratnagar.
Backed by industrialists Dinesh Shrestha, Umesh Lal Pradhan, Chandra Dhakal and Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, the Golchha panel is showing a strong presence. Amid a program held at Butwal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Golchha panel picked Dinesh Shrestha as the candidate for vice president (District and Municipal Chamber), Umesh Lal Shrestha as vice president (Commodity), Chandra Dhakal as vice president (Associates) and Gyanendra Lal Pradhan as treasurer.
With support from president of FNCCI Pashupati Murarka and senior vice president Bhawani Rana, Golchha’s panel has kicked off its elections campaign for FNCCI.
“I have been associated with FNCCI for a comparatively long tenure of almost 10 years, which has helped me in understanding the actual problems of the private sector in the country,” Golchha said, adding, “With my experience at FNCCI, a closer understanding of the industrial situation in the country and a good team backing me, I will be able to bring about substantial changes in the industrial situation of Nepal.”
“My leadership at FNCCI will primarily aim at strengthening the country’s private sector and coordinating with the government to solve issues that have been affecting the private sector,” he stated.
Having a long experience of working in FNCCI, Kishore Pradhan, another candidate for the post of senior vice president, believes that he has a worthy team to lead the FNCCI.
The panel backing Pradhan includes Pramod Shrestha as vice president (District and Municipal Chamber) and Shankar Pandey as vice president (Commodity). However, Pradhan’s panel is yet to decide on vice president (Associates) and treasurer. “We will announce our complete panel soon,” Pradhan said.
The FNCCI election, especially for the post of senior vice president, has assumed greater significance after a special general meeting of FNCCI unanimously amended its statute in October last year, introducing a provision to directly elect the incumbent senior vice president as the new president of FNCCI. Following the introduction of this provision, Bhawani Rana, who is currently the senior vice president, will be at the helm of FNCCI after the April 10 AGM.
According to a source at FNCCI, 1,067 members of the organization will take part in the FNCCI election. Of the total votes, 104 votes are from district and municipal chambers, 99 votes from commodity, 852 votes from associates and 12 votes from binational chambers.
While district and municipal members have 50 per cent weightage in the election, associates members and commodity members have 30 per cent weightage and 20 per cent weightage respectively in the FNCCI election.