Girija Prasad Koirala Foundation marked the 94th birth anniversary of Late GP Koirala by organizing a one-day symposium on "Connecting Nepal's Tourism/Culture Promotion to Asian Countries" in Kathmandu on 4th July 2017. Honorable Minister for Finance Mr. Gyanenedra Bahadur Karki was the chief guest of the program.
On March 18, 2017, to commemorate the 7th year of passing of legendary political leader GP Koirala, GP Koirala Foundation (GPKF) organized a one-day interaction program on the topic “Nepal-India Connectivity: Opportunities for Holistic Development”. The program was chaired by the chairperson of GPKF, Hon’ble Sujata Koirala. The chief guest of the program was senior leader of Nepali Congress, Ram Chandra Poudel. Charge D’Affairs of the Indian Embassy HE Vinaya Kumar, Professor of Jawaharlal Nehru University Dr. Sangeeta Thapaliya, Former Ambassador Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, Hon’ble Lalbabu Yadav, President of Nepal Council of World Affairs - Dr. Rajendra B Shrestha and CEO of National Reconstruction Authority - Dr. Govinda Pokhrel were guests at the program.
On 7th of January, 2017, GP Koirala Foundation for Democracy, Peace and Development successfully concluded its first inter-college debate competition. Following an intense 3-day workshop conducted by debate maestro Chet Narayan Rasaily and Injina Panthi, the finale took place in British Parliamentary format on the theme of international migration.
The program was chaired by the chairperson of the GP Koirala Foundation, Hon’ble Sujata Koirala. The chief guest of the program was Dr. Surya Dhungel, adviser to the former President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. Hon’ble Lal Babu Yadav, Hon’ble Man Bahadur Bishwakarma, Dr. Ram Thapaliya, Former Ambassador Dr. Dinesh Bhattarai, Former Ambassador Dr. Suresh Chandra Chalise, Dr. Rudra Sharma, and Purushottam Basnet were guests at the program.
In her first public appearance post her cancer treatment, Hon’ble Sujata Koirala expressed her great joy at being able to provide young voices a platform. She asserted the importance of debate culture and team work and she reminisced how the late GP Koirala considered debate a core component of democracy and valued parliamentary practices. Speaking about the current political turmoil, she said that the parties today lacked consensus and unity, which was what GP Koirala always insisted as being of primary importance if the country was to progress.
The motion of the debate was “THBT the state should use labor export as a major economic strategy” on which 4 colleges in Kathmandu presented their arguments for and against. Stella Mainali and Balaram Chaudhary of Goldengate International College bagged the 1st prize, while Prabin Thapa of Apollo International College College took home the Best Debater Award.
The chief guest, Dr. Dhungel seemed greatly pleased with the foundation’s initiative and praised the foundation’s efforts in convening such an event. Quoting the Buddha, he said that constructive criticism was essential for progress, and this was well demonstrated during the debate program. He posited that such debate training should be included as part of a curriculum in schools so that the institutions that will be set up in the upcoming federal structure in Nepal are to thrive.
In his vote of thanks, former Ambassador Dr. Dinesh Bhattarai expressed his gratitude to the GP Koirala Foundation and praised the program as being very special since it was building capacity among young people. He called the debate program a fitting tribute to GP Koirala’s memory as late Koirala had always believed in the power and promise of youth. Dr. Bhattarai was greatly impressed by the performance of the debaters and he also said that the event made him feel incredibly optimistic about the future of Nepal. Speaking about his own personal experiences, Dr. Bhattarai said he personally realized the importance of debate and articulating the country’s position when he was sent to represent Nepal in the United Nations. He said that since Nepal lacked military and economic might, Nepal should develop the power of persuasion through the practice of debate and other similar activities.
The foundation aims to promote the debate culture among the youth of Nepal through similar initiatives in the future.