The Event's main objectives are:

  1. To bring the selected/identified municipal representatives, who have been working on their proposals on possible funding, to share their draft proposals, provide feedback to other colleagues, and use the Event to tweak, re-adjust their own proposals based on the discussion and feedback.
  2. In addition, the proposed Event will offer an excellent opportunity for peer learning through discussions of the actual steps being taken and exploring collaboration possibilities.   This will be an “Invitation Only” Event and will be limited to the participating municipalities of Nepal (3 municipalities), Botswana, Uganda, and Sierra Leone, together with the GIZ and invited experts.
  3. The Event is expected to establish a network of municipalities engaged in promoting tourism. They are encouraged to keep in touch with each other, solicit joint funding opportunities, and continue the relationship beyond the virtual Event.


Time (EST)

Topics (tentative)


8:30 AM EST

Opening remark from the GIZ

Paulina Koschmieder, Connective Cities/Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Development, GIZ, Germany 

8:35 AM EST

Keynote Address:  15 minutes




  1. Ambassador Scott DeLisi, Soarway Foundation/Engage Nepal - formerly also US Ambassador in Nepal, Uganda and Eretria and Deputy Chief of Mission, Botswana
  2.  Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha, Chair of the Municipal Association of Nepal and Mayor of Dhulikhel Municipality (representing South and Southwest Asia sub-region on United Cities and Local Governments Asia – Pacific.

8:50 AM EST



Technical Presentation by the Municipalities on Their Business Proposal




  1. Presentation 1 (8 min)

       7 min comments






  1. Presentation 2 (8 min)

        7   min comments





  1. Presentation 3 (8 min)

        7 min comments




  1. Presentation 4 (8 min)

        7 min comments




  1. Presentation 5 (8 min)

7 min comments




  1. Presentation 6 (8 min)

7 min comments





 Deepak Raj Joshi, Senior Tourism Expert, Former CEO, Nepal Tourism Board, and International Consultant – for Tourism Content


Nepal (Dhulikhel and Namobuddha Municipality): Comprehensive Tourism Plan and Disaster Resistant Trekking Trail

Mayors:. Mr. Ashok Byanju and Mr. T.P Timalsina


Sierra Leone (Kenema City): Recycling Waste

Mayor Thomas Baio, Chief Administrator Mr Joseph G.T Gando and Team



Uganda (Kampala City)-Nakawa division: Gender Digital Divide and Girls STEM education-

Mr. Richard Kawere and Mayor Paul Mugambe


Nepal (Thakur Baba Municipality of Bardiya District)- Make Bardiya as a Premier Tourism Destination  

Mayor Ghan Narayan Shrestha, and Team


Nepal (Kirtipur Municipality) – Premier Heritage Preservation Destination-Mayor Ramesh Maharjan and team



Uganda (Kampala City): Build Capacity in Good Governance for Tourism

Mr. Charlie Kalinze


(Deepak R Joshi will provide the feedback on the Tourism Concept and Deepak Adhikary will provide comments on the technical side of the proposal)

10:20 AM EST

20 minutes of the open session with all the participants



Deepak Raj Joshi/Suman Timsina, ED/IDI

10:40 -10:50 AM EST

Summary of the Session and Discussions

John Heather, International Consultant – Tourism

10:50-11:00 AM EST

Closing and Next Steps

Deepak Adhikary, GIZ Consultant

Paulina Koschmieder, GIZ