International Conference on Measuring Informal Economy in Developing Countries

South Asian Institute of Management held an international conference on Measuring the Informal Sector in Developing Countries jointly with International Association for Research on Income and Wealth (IARIW) from September 24th to 25th, 2009 in Kathmandu. The conference was a great success. It was held at Godavari Resort, with 50-75 participants from different countries. Apart from the international reputation, many other distinguished guests, bankers, politicians, business leaders, policymakers, government officials, and students of SAIM participated in the seminar. It was inaugurated at Hotel Yak and Yeti by Honorable President Dr. Ram Baran Yadav. It gave us an excellent opportunity to have wider exposure and interact with professionals, researchers, and academicians of international repute. The participants found the seminar to be effective, enjoyable, and fruitful.

SAIM has provided consulting services to the government and other national and international agencies. In the past,
SAIM has provided consulting services to the Ministry of General Administration of the Government of Nepal, which focuses on the structural redesign of the ministry. Similarly, SAIM reviewed the organizational structure of the Poverty Alleviation Fund (PAF), an autonomous body supported by the World Bank that implements poverty alleviation programs in Nepal.
The South Asia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF), a multi-donor-funded IFC, managed a regional initiative based in Bangladesh. SAIM assessed and identified potential SMEs in Nepal for future support and development. In the recent past,
SAIM has conducted numerous training in customer service management, valuation of securities, evaluation of mutual funds, understanding derivates, sales management, customer service management, and consulting skills. Various organizations from commercial banks, financial institutions, the Central Bank of Nepal, and manufacturing companies have participated in and benefited from this training.