TAAN AGM endorses reports of general secretary and treasurer
December 28 , 2014
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
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
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.