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TAAN AGM endorses reports of general secretary and treasurer

December 28 , 2014

TAAN AGM endorses reports of general secretary and treasurer

The 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) held on December 21 endorsed the association's Annual Progress Report for 2013/14 presented by General Secretary Sagar Pandey and Annual Financial Report for 2013/14 presented by Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha.

The AGM also approved proposed programs and activities for 2014/15 presented by general secretary Pandey and estimated budget for fiscal year 2014/15 presented by Treasurer Gopal Babu Shrestha.

Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal inaugurated the program amid a colorful ceremony. Speaking on the occasion, Minister Rijal thanked TAAN for taking initiatives for development and promotion of adventure tourism in the country. "Tourism is the indicator of development and as investments in the sector have been increasing we can say that our country is moving toward economic development," he said.

On the occasion, Minister Rijal launched TAAN Member Directory 2014-15, and Trekking Map and promotional DVD of Badimalika Trekking Trail explored by TAAN. Minister Rijal also felicitated Susmita Maskey, the first Nepali women to complete Seven Summits.

Speaking at the program, TAAN President Ramesh Prasad Dhamala said the TAAN was committed to work for the development and promotion of tourism industry, particularly the trekking sector. He also said TAAN was working to change syllabus of trekking guides to make them more capable and start training for porter/guide together with Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management. He also briefed the participants about works on infrastructure development and sanitation carried out by TAAN.

Chairman of Public Accounts Committee Janardan Sharma, former tourism minister Hisila Yami, founding president of TAAN Ambica Shrestha, lawmaker Deepak Khadka, Susmita Maskey, the first Nepali women to complete Seven Summits, among others, also spoke on the occasion.

In his welcome speech, Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey said the executive committee of TAAN was committed to develop trekking season and enhance professionalism of trekking workers.

Speaking in the closed session, general members suggested to TAAN to provide weather updates to member agencies on a regular basis, make trekking trails safe, build trekkers shelter, erect signposts on major trekking trails, diversify tourism products and services, and lobby for effective service delivery from concerned government agencies.

General Secretary Sagar Pandey was the master of ceremony, while 1st Vice President Kami Rinji Sherpa delivered vote of thanks in the inauguration ceremony. Similarly, 2nd Vice President Kul Bahadur Gurung moderated the closed session, while Secretary Pasang Sherpa delivered vote of thanks.