Central, Eastern regions account for 90pc of exports

- RAJESH KHANAL, Kathmandu

Jul 9, 2014-

Central and Eastern Development Regions have the lion’s share when it comes to exports. The two regions accounted for 90.83 percent of the country’s total exports in the last fiscal year.

The Ministry of Commerce and Supply (MoCS) statistics show goods worth Rs 38.30 billion (49.51 percent) were exported from Central Region, while exports from the Eastern Region stood at Rs 31.81 billion (41.12 percent). The domination of these two regions in the country’s exports is understandable as they have the most number of industrial establishments.

According to the 10th National Census of Manufacturing Establis-hment 2011-12 published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Nepal’s manufacturing establishments are mainly based in six districts, including Rupandehi, Kathmandu, Morang, Sunsari, Parsa and Bara.

Of these six districts, five are in these two development regions. Kathamndu has 318 industries, followed by Morang, Sunsari, Parsa and Bara with more than 200 industries each.

With relatively fewer industries, Western, Mid-western and Far-western Regions’ contribution to the country’s exports is minimal. The Far-western Region contributed a meagre 0.69 percent (Rs 530 million) to the country’s total exports of Rs 77.35 billion in the fiscal year 2012-13.

Toya Narayan Gyawali, joint secretary at the ministry, attributed the Far-western Region’s low contribution to low volume of production due to the lack of infrastructure.

The Mid-western Development Region’s export earnings stood at Rs 1.66 billion, 2.14 percent of the total exports, while the Western Development Region exported goods worth Rs 5.06 billion only.

Export Earnings (FY 2012-13)

Development Region    Earnings                     Share

Eastern                         Rs 31.81 billion            41.12 percent

Central                          Rs 38.30 billion            49.51 percent

Western                        Rs 5.06 billion                 6.54 percent

Mid-western                 Rs 1.66 billion                 2.14 percent

Far-western                 Rs 0.53 billion                 0.69 percent

Published: 10-07-2014 09:16

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