It is matters of great pleasure for me and the Diploma Engineers'Association, Nepal (DEAN) host the SDEF convention and 14th Apex Body Meet along with SAARC regional conference on Infrastructure for Economic Development here in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal.
Physcal infrastructure is an essential prerequisite for economic development of any economy and poverty alleviation has been the common agenda of the SAARC countries. Considering these factors, the theme for this conference has been chosen as Infrastructure for Economic Development. This conference is providing a common forum for discussing the common issues related to infrastructure development,engneering profession and role of engineers in economic development.
With the changing context,there has been a change in practice of engineering, which is to be adopted by the countries in our region also but this requires change in attitude at policy level. I hope this type of interacton will help in exchanging and sharing ideas of each other and help developing common understanding for overall development of the region through continuous improvement in engineering field and the engineers of the region. I wish for the success of the SDEF convention, Apex body meet and the conference and wish for comfortable stay of our foreign guests in Kathmandu, Nepal.