March 26 , 2014
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) on March 24 organized a certification and orientation program for coordinators and members of different departments.
The executive committee of TAAN has formed 17 departments to better execute its programs and activities.
TAAN Senior Vice President Keshav Pandey welcomed all the members nominated in the departments. He said the departments would help execute programs and activities of TAAN in an effective manner.
Former President of TAAN Deepak Mahat felicitated the nominated coordinators, sub-coordinators and members of different departments with khadas while President Ramesh Dhamala handed over certification of nomination to the coordinators, sub-coordinators and members.
Similarly, President Dhamala administered the oath of office and secrecy to coordinators, sub-coordinators and members of all the departments.
General Secretary Sagar Pandey read out terms of reference (ToR) for departments and their coordinators, sub-coordinators and members.
On the occasion, TAAN felicitated members of Seven Summits Women Team who recently climbed Mt Aconcagua – the highest peak in South America. President Dhamala offered khadas to Shailee Basnet, Maya Gurung, Asha Kumari Singh, Chunu Shrestha, Pujan Acharya, Nimdoma Sherpa and Pema Diki Sherpa.
TAAN had extended financial support of US$ 7,000 to the team.
Speaking at the program, Shailee Basnet, coordinator of Seven Summits Women Team, shared experiences of the team’s successful summit of Mt Aconcagua. She also thanked TAAN for extending valuable support and cooperation to the team. “We have plans to complete the remaining two peaks – Denali in North America and Vincent Massif in Anatarctica within a year,” she added. She further informed that the team members have been invited to give keynote speech in different parts of the world. “We will promote Nepal and its tourism products and services in those forums,” Basnet added.
On behalf of coordinators of all the departments, Gopal Babu Shrestha, coordinator of TAAN’s Finance Department, expressed commitment to ease the work of executive committee by upholding TAAN’s statute. Shrestha, who is also the Treasurer of TAAN, also expressed commitment to maintain financial discipline in the association. He also thanked members of Seven Summits Women Team for promoting Nepal all over the world.
Former President Deepak Mahat said formation of department would help TAAN tackle issues like climate change and global warming, labor issues, international marketing and promotion, among others, in an effective manner. “You should play a proactive role in the sub-committees that you have been nominated to. If you can’t perform responsibility assigned to you, there is no point occupying the post,” he told the newly nominated department coordinators, sub-coordinators and members. Mahat also urged the executive committee of TAAN to take necessary initiatives for controlling illegal operation of trekking business.
Speaking on the occasion, President Ramesh Dhamala said TAAN was trying to forge solidarity among different travel trade associations for better promotion of tourism products and services in international arena. “We have formed Joint Tourism Coordination Committee comprising nine different associations and TAAN has been named chair of the committee for six months,” he added. Saying that TAAN recently completed survey of Ruby Valley in Ganesh Himal region, Dhamala said the association will now focus on infrastructure development in the area. He also said TAAN was preparing to organizing climbing competition on Paldor Peak – the nearest peak from the capital city – in August so as to promote the peak in national and international arena.
“We have proposed NATHM to start Advance Trekking Guide Training. They are positive to our proposal,” he said. Dhamala also promised all possible support for future endeavors of Seven Summits Women Team.
Second Vice President Kul Bahadur Gurung had delivered vote of thanks in the program.
(Click here For the list of coordinators, sub-coordinators and members of all the departments)