We can trace the institutional efforts to organize printers in the country to 4th Aswin 2035 BS (19 July 1978 AD), when the Nepal Printer Association was organized under the chairmanship of senior Press Entrepreneur Govinda Bahadur Malla (Gothale). In that time, it was very difficult to establish any organization or association. In those circumstances, formation of Printer's Association was made possible only due to courage and unity of the printers themselves. As a result of the continuity of the association since then, grand assembly of the printers' was held on 5th Magh 2068 BS (19th January 2012 AD) and subsequently led to the formation of adhoc committee of Kathmandu Printers Association under the co-ordinatorship of senior Press Entrepreneur Prem Kumar Upadhyaya. Kathmandu Printers' Association (KPA) was formally registered first in District Development committee on 19th Aswin 2069 (5th October 2012), in CDO office on 22nd Aswin 2069 (8th October 2012) then in IRD on 3rd Magh 2069 (16th January 2013).
By abiding the current law of Nepal and following the guidelines and directive of the concerned government agencies, the objective of the Kathmandu Printers' Association are the following.
a. The association will be non-profit and service oriented to the welfare of the members.
b. The Association will address the rights and welfare of the printers and will try to lessen the obstacles faced by the printers.
c. It will work to encourage critical thinking on the changes in the world economy, technological developments and adaptation of the modern technology by Nepalese printers.
d. To act as the representative organization of the printers of Nepal to encourage their professional protection and development.
e. To unite the printers in the district and to provide solidarity as a non-governmental entity and act as pathfinder.
f. To exchange the skills and experiences among members and to provide advice on the printing polices to the government and foreign aid agencies.
g. To be dedicated for the unity of the printers.
h. To improve and strengthen the knowhow and skill of the printing industry.
i. To inculculate healthy competition in order to consolidate and modernize the printing industry through study and research, training, seminar, symposium and conference and share the results obtained from these activities among the members for implementation.
j. Under the jurisdiction of law, an effort will be made to improve the economic and technological change in the industry.
k. To encourage export of the printing materials to other countries throughin-depth study of market demand, through participating in national and international exhibition.
l. The association with its own resources as well as through the donor support will enhance the capacity of Kathmandu Printers' Association through providing necessary training.
m. To act as the mediator between concerned member of the organization and its consumers in the event of conflict of interest.
n. To make KPA more professional and resilient, statutes, by-laws and code of conduct of the organization will be made to mobilize necessary resources.
o. To assist in all-round development of the country through necessary development and expansion of the association.
p. To encourage bilateral co-operation with the national and international bodies.
The association will do the following in order to attain the objectives.
a. Bycomplying with the current practices of the law of the land, and acquiring necessary permit or licenseissued by government offices, this association will implement the above mentioned objectives.
b. The association will purchase land and buildings or rent-in or acquire in lease, including office equipment such as computer, telephone, fax, and motorvehicles.
c. Will make appointment of necessary personnel and will elucidate their terms of reference.
d. Any income or expenditure of the association will be operated through the bank account.
e. While executing the authorities of the association, no other parties will be hurt and nothing will be done in contrary with the current law of the country.
f. The association will humbly obey the policy direction of concerned authorities.
g. The activities of the association will not affect in any way the relationship that Nepal has with other countries, international organization or in contrary to the foreign policy that Nepal has adopted or in contrary with Nepal's territorial integrity, sovereignty and law and order situation of the country.
The history of printing in Nepal started from the time of Rana regime. After the visit of the Jung Bahadur in Britain, Eagle Press (Gidde Press) was established to cater the needs of printed material of government at that time.
Currently, there are modern presses in private sector with big investment in Nepal. We can trace the organized efforts to associate printers in Nepal to 4th Aswin 2035 BS(19 July 1978 AD), when the Nepal Printers' Association under the chairmanship of senior Press EntrepreneurGovinda Bahadur Malla (Gothale). In that time, it was very difficult to establish any organizations. In those harsh situations, establishment of printer association was an act of courage and was made possible because of the unity of the printers themselves. As a result of the continuity of Association thereafter, grand assembly of the printers association led to the formation of adhoc committee of Kathmandu Printers' Association was formally registered with the government of Nepal in 8th Poush 2069 BS(23 December 2012 AD).
After formal registration of the Kathmandu Printers' Association with the government of Nepal under the Association act, we the member organizations have the rights to organize ourselves for our professional developments. In 5th Srawan 2070 BS (20 July 2013 AD), ad hoc committee called on the 72 printing presses and commenced the first general assembly as well as the first convention. The convention elected anad hoccommittee under the Chairmanship of Mr. Prem Kumar Upadhaya with 11 executive members. In addition to this, in 9-10 Shrawan 2071 BS (25-26 July 2014 AD), it conducted two days basic skills training programs in press managementincluding topics such as issues in taxes, machinery and equipments, and electricity. The second general assembly held on 31st srawan 2071 BS (16 August 2014 AD), determined the minimum price of printing and issued price quotation and distributed to the member organization.The third general assembly was held in 23rd Srawan 2072 BS (8 August 2015 AD) elected new working committee. Kathmandu printer association hosted the second general conventions of the Federation of Nepalese Printers Association which was held in 29 Pouch 2072 BS (13 Janaury 2016 AD). During these periods, madhesh agitation and economic blockadeby India has made life difficult in Nepal, in that harsh situation under the leadership of Kathmandu Printerss Association; support to diesel supply was made through Oil Corporation of Nepal to the needed members’ organization.
During the first meeting of the executives, it has called on all the members to send 24 delegates to the conventions of Federation of Nepalese Printers Association and Chairman nominated three member advisory with the consultation of executive committee. In addition, in 5th Asoj 2074 BS (21 September 2017 AD) it organized felicitation program to celebrate Dashai, Tihar, Mha Puja and Nepal Sambat and chat festivals. In 26 Falgun 2074 BS (10 March 2018 AD) it organized picnic program in Switzerland Park. This year the Association has published its own wall calendar, members'diary and lunch web site.
1. The government is not serious about the problem of printers. Press is the fourth organ of the government and its publication are done by the printers, but they have not been provided any concession by the government in the use of electricity, customs and value added tax on its raw materials. To address these issues, the representatives of the association will meet the Nepal Government and raise its voice.
2. The government is reluctant to encourage needed manpower for the press although there is tremendous potential of employment in printing sector. The limited manpower trained by the private sector has also left for foreign employment. The association will play a lead role in imparting training and skill development related to printing industry in order to lessen the chronic trained manpower deficit in the industry. The association will also lobby to include printing related educational knowhow in the vocational education. The association in co-ordinaation with the government bodies will also demand to enhance the production worker training programme.
3. Although the establishment of press village has been demanded since the first executive committee meeting, it has not yet been realized. For that matter to expedite, the necessary program will be sent to the government.
4. Machinery equipment of the press has increasingly invoked electronic system failure, which is increasing quite rapidly in recent times due to the irregular and low voltage and frequently disruptions in supply of electricity. The association will take lead role to address these electrical problems management through co-ordinated efforts with the Nepal Electricity Authority.
5. Nepal government registers printing industry similar to other commercial industries, but this industry is different than other commercial industries. The association will try to convince the government bodies to registernew companies only on the recommendation of district printing association. It is very necessary for any entrepreneur to know the nature of this industry before commencement of the industry. For that matter, the printing association will form a technical committee. If feel so, anybody can contact the association.
6. We have operated emergency revolving fund (Akshaya kosh) in which member contributed Rs. 100 per month, which has amounted to NRs.315,000.00 (Nepalese rupees three hundred fifteen thousand) to date. This fund will be used in case of natural calamitiesand emergencies of the member organization through establishing proper financial rules.
7. In order to have healthy development of the printing industry and to lessen the harm of natural emergencies and risks, we have decided to follow the co-operative model to cater the fund. The executive committee has decided to follow the co-operative model (group benefit & group ownership as motto) through its values, norms, principle and objectivity, which is endorsed by the fourth general assembly. The association will lead through this model in the days to come.