ADVISORS – 2

Posted by: Rajendra Keshari Pandey

Time and again I read here in local papers that “ABC” International Expert Advisors are assigned for “XYZ” Local Nepali project. I laugh at this rhetoric or let say beautiful paradox happening here constantly. I have worked with, and personally known some exceptional International Consultants, Experts and Advisors who have worked here in Nepal. They have rendered wonderful service and contributed greatly to this nation. I have also known some of the so-called “Foreign Expert Advisors” working …

here in Nepal whose Job Descriptions require that they “give proper advice and recommendations for the development of Nepal”. However, in some cases what happens in reality is that Mr International Expert receives advice, training and teaching from their local counterparts i.e. Mr. Nepali.

I can give an example of this situation, which happened here in a multi-million dollar project. The project was the brainchild of a very smart Ambassador who diverted the taxpayer’s money from place X to place Y. The massive project was planned to last for a 20-year period. During the second phase of this project, an overseas Expert Advisor arrived, who had an MS degree from an International University. His counterpart was a Nepali gentleman employed to co-operate with and assist this “so called” advisor to accomplish his tasks. Now, Mr. Nepali was a very senior, knowledgeable, and capable expert on the project, who also had a MS degree from a similar international university. In fact his degree had been achieved much earlier than the International Advisor’s. In short the Expatriate Advisor was very junior to Mr Nepali in experience and delivery of the services for which he had been assigned. Yes, he could show on paper that he was always busy achieving the required tasks, but in fact, report compiling, writing-up and final touch on such reports were by Mr. Nepali. Mr Nepali was accomplishing even presentations time to time. But the wonder was, that the Advisors’ name would always be shown as the author.

What type of advice can these sorts of Mr/Ms. Experts provide for this country and why do the Mr/Ms. Nepalese seem to be simply Consultants when they can, and in fact often do the whole job themselves. Many International Experts seem to spend most days as one long holiday. The reality is Mr. Advisor could never function without the expertise, help and courtesy of Mr Nepali Consultant. Many do not know the basics of this country, its geography, history, culture and language.

I also question the discrimination with regards to payment to International Expatriate Advisors and similarly qualified local counterparts. It is not fair to pay such huge amounts in hard currency to experts whilst similarly qualified locals have to get by on a fraction of these amounts. I am not, and never have been against International Advisors and Consultants when they are competent, diligent and we do not have the local expertise available.

This sort of arrangement happens when we approve wrong projects and sign wrong agreements without proper studies and discussions with Local Experts. Just think how much money and effort could be saved if this was the standard protocol prior to any International agreements. It is really about time to raise a big question mark regarding such “Advisors and Experts” entering Nepal. Their rights and duties must be categorically defined and moreover their performance during their tenure must be evaluated regularly. We must be selective in assigning Advisors, Experts and other International Consultants for the benefit of this county not just to please someone in power. Let us not allow inexperienced, incompetent individuals to mess around and mess up this country any longer otherwise we will regret and repent later.

ADVISORS – 2 was last modified: September 5th, 2014 by Rajendra Keshari Pandey
 

Blog Comments

  1. Trivivan Chaturvedi

    Yes sir!
    you are absolutely correct while indicating sucg inappropriate activities in the higher circles. the presence of many vested interests under the cover of blue flags must be cheked for making this country secure and not to let it to turn into another Rwanda and congo just because of ungoing inappropriate practices inside the many donors and their puppys in nepal. nepalese must kick them out to protect out identity in time.

    thanks.

  2. Krishna Man dongol

    Mr.Rajendra Panday is quite correct while he indicates all those inappropriate activities being done under the pretext of nation buildings and developments.
    We have witnessed many such works that were master minded by those expert, only involved in the corruptions but were never caught. These kind of people are usualy seen in the higher circles like the UN ,World Bank, and ADB that are very much notable in the INGO circles. however there are penitration inside these organizations that are affected by many kinds of termites being hired in the organizations on their expertise but only for their vested interests.

    The world today is quite suffering from those kind of all actions being done in the least developed countries because these countries are always in a state of coma because of the fragile situations by the on going problems inside.
    I think the international civil society who are the key players in contributing major financial aids, must ( must )wake up and confirm how it can achive its target?? Otherwise we just can not change those happenings in many countries toady.

    Thank you indeed.

  3. rkpandeysupporter

    basically, Nepalese have always fallen such victims. This issue did not get any response as other nepalese do not know such issues or have never faced it.

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