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Interaction Workshop on “Social Inclusion and Federalism” with Italian Constitution Expert - Giovanni Poggeschi

Venue : Hotel Himalayan, Lalitpur
Time : 2010-01-03

Remarks :

On 3rd November 2009, SIRF is fortune to organize similar type of interaction workshop on “Social Inclusion and Federalism” with Italian constitution expert - Giovanni Poggeschi. In the program, Shayam Shrestha – Senior Journalist and Political Expert – first presented the contemporary issues of Nepal’s Political Transformation Process. He highlighted that Nepal needs to adopt federal state structure as the country’s old state structure is highly centric favoring exclusionary state practices which result inequity in development and progress. He stressed that Nepal should adopt mixed federal state and the demarcation of federal unit should be made on the basis of national population composition, economic opportunities and geographical and administrative feasibility. He stressed that the federal state should have independent politico status with its own parliament and it should have right to govern its fiscal management, natural resource management and basic service delivery. He added that there should also be provision of local level unit which should also be well represented by highly marginalized minority groups. He argued that the state restructuring is the dynamic process which changes with politico scenario of the country.

Mr. Poggeschi Presenting his Views
Mr. Poggeschi, shared the experience of federalism in different European countries. He argued that federalism model differs between countries and has different ideas, concepts and outcomes. He argued that federalism will be fruitful if it is framed on the basis of geo- political and cultural status of country and if there is clear link between various federal units. He informed that Germany has unitary federal system because of its homogenous society, Belgium has divided federalism structure and Italy has regional federal system because of North- South diversity. He highlighted that the high disaggregation of federal state might invite threat to country’s identity. He suggested that Nepal has to encapsulate the voice of diverse group and communities while drafting constitution and restructuring the state and the special attention should be given to minority groups and communities and their identity, language and culture.

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