Tourism officials had hoped to lure 2 million tourists to “Visit Nepal” this year, but coronavirus shutdowns have dashed those expensive plans. That’s a blow to the country’s budget. But it’s an even bigger hit for those who work in the shadow of the world’s tallest peak.
Online services provide a cheap and convenient means of transportation for thousands of people in Nepal. They also provide jobs to many. But the country’s legal system lacks provisions for such companies, and some say they are running afoul of the law.
After Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked the state of Jammu and Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, the region was thrown into turmoil. Many young entrepreneurs, once a source of employment and economic development in the region, had no choice but to close their businesses and seek opportunity elsewhere.
High in the Himalayas, workers descend on Nepal’s Mustang region to help build a road that will connect to China. The project will make transport between the two countries easier, and it’s already begun to change the face of the region.
New regulations that restrict trade between the sections of Kashmir controlled by Pakistan and India have created problems for businesspeople who trade fruit and other goods grown on either side. Trade numbers have dramatically lowered at the post, which the traders say hinders connections between family members separated by the border.