Press release: "la Nuit des Idées” (Night of Ideas) takes place in Nepal for the first time

Kathmandu, 26 Jan 2017
For immediate release


For the first time, “la Nuit des Idées” (Night of Ideas) takes place in Nepal with a panel discussion focussing on “Economic Development in Landlocked Countries”

Kathmandu, January 26th - “Night of the Ideas”, a worldwide debate event, was organized for the first time in Nepal by the French Embassy, Nepal Economic Forum (NEF) and the Alliance Française de Katmandou (AFK). This year’s theme is “A Common World” and the subject of the debate taking place in Kathmandu is “Economic Development of Landlocked Countries.” This discussion can be watched live at
The panelists included:
• Dr. CHAUDHURY Anasua Basu Ray, Fellow, Observer Research Foundation. She specializes in South Asia, energy politics, forced migration and women in conflict situations in South Asia.
• Mr. JACQUET Pierre, President, Global Development Network (GDN). He is the fourth President of the Global Development Network (GDN). The GDN is a worldwide network of research and policy institutes working to provide new perspectives to the development challenges of our time. It is based in New Delhi.
• Ms. JULLIAND Valérie, Resident Coordinator (RC) of the United Nations in Nepal and the Resident Representative (RR) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
• Dr. WAGLÉ Swarnim, Honourable Member, National Planning Commission of Nepal

HE Mr Yves Carmona, Ambassador of France, gave the opening remarks which were followed by discussions moderated by Mr. Sujeev Shakya, author and Chairperson of Nepal Economic Forum and CEO of Beed Management Pvt. Ltd.
A proceeding report will be available at by February 2nd, 2017.

The attendees included the Ambassadors of Germany, United Sates of America, Switzerland, Sri Lanka, senior officers from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Finance, researchers, students, and representatives of media.
Some key points raised by the panelists:
-  Dr.Anasua Basu Ray Chaudhury: Dr. Chaudhury stressed on the importance of the Bhutan Bangladesh India Nepal (BBIN) connectivity projects stating how such projects are starting to make positive progress in transforming landlocked areas into land-linked areas.

-  Mr. Pierre Jacquet: Mr. Jacquet emphasized that being landlocked is not being doomed: What matters is access to markets and the size of these markets. “Rather than focusing on being landlocked, we must focus on access to markets and the size of markets a country has access to.”, said he.

-  Ms. Valerie Julliand: Ms. Julliand highlighted that 18 landlocked countries have a per capita GDP of less than USD1000. “Landlocked countries tend be trapped in a vicious circle; transportation costs are high, economic progress is slow and inequality is high.” She opined that, “such nations should capitalize on their assets and uniqueness and leverage their relationships with neighbors to unleash their potential.”

-  Dr. Swarnim Wagle: Dr. Wagle questioned “whether the problem is being landlocked or policy-locked”. He emphasized on the need to focus on modern tradable services which include not only tourism sector but also manufacturing of high value-low volume goods . “Due to the rise of Asia, rich and prosperous markets are not far away; we must take advantage of this.”, said he.

About the “Night of the Ideas / la Nuit des idées”
Under the aegis of the French Institute (Institut français), a new format of intellectual meetings around the world was launched with the Nuits de la philosophie / Nights of Philosophy, Nuits des philosophes/ Nights of philosophers and Nuit des idées / Night of Ideas. These meetings invite the public to come and hear researchers, experts, creators, artists, intellectuals from all disciplines, and to participate in debates. “Nights of Ideas” was launched in France in 2016 and the debates—that imagine tomorrow—take place on the 26th January all around the world. Tonight is one night to discover, learn and dialogue. This year, more than 40 countries / 50 cities / 100 locations are participating and bringing together speakers of international renown – intellectuals, researchers and artists – from Dakar to Los Angeles, including Brussels, Buenos Aires and Kathmandu, Marseilles and Paris… A complete program is available at . These events are also broadcasted live in the Internet for the benefit of everybody.

About Alliance Française/Katmandou:
Since its creation in 1994, Alliance française of Kathmandu has been providing French language classes within its premises. It organises cultural events regularly and also has a library and a cafeteria. It offers translation and interpreting services. Alliance française of Kathmandu was created in the same way as each of the 1081 Alliances françaises around the world: from the will of local Francophiles who simply want, under a quality-label, to promote in their country a language and a culture that they love. Moreover, each Alliance française is run by an executive committee formed by local personalities who, in some cases, such as for the Alliance française of Kathmandu, can appoint a French director for the daily management of the organisation. Alliance française also differs from cultural organisations in other countries by a particular mission: promoting, not only the culture of a country, but the “cultural diversity.” In a global world where the ways of life and the ways of thinking tend to become standardized, where culture finally becomes a marketable product like any other, the Alliances françaises continue to offer a cultural alternative.

About Nepal Economic Forum:
Nepal Economic Forum is a not-for-profit organization that functions as Nepal’s premier private sector led economic policy and research institution. Neftalk is a platform for policy discourse and discussion on pertinent economic issues.

Please click here for Ambassador Carmona’s opening remarks.

Media contact:
Deepesh Bidari, Chargé de Mission, French Embassy
01 4412332, ext 2017 ;


Dernière modification : 05/02/2017

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