Investment opportunities in the health sector mainly lie in three areas: pharmaceutical industry, health care facilities, Ayurvedic drugs and Ayurveda holistic treatment centres, and health care educational services. Nepal has a relatively large population of 28 million but approximately 50% medicine and health care supply is met by way of imports. There are opportunities for large scale pharmaceutical manufacturers to fill the supply gaps by introducing new technologies and taking the pharmaceutical industry to a higher level. Favourable policies of the government, free market approach to health sector and regulation, existence of the domestic market and export potential, favourable WTO/TRIPS policy, restriction on imports without WHO/GMP Certification, and the rise in health care awareness among the people provide lucrative incentives for foreign investors in the pharmaceuticals industry. The disposable income of Nepali people is on the rise, not least due to remittances but the demand supply gap for health care facilities is high. On the other hand, there has been a significant growth of medical and nursing colleges that has increased both the quantity and quality of health care professionals available in Nepal. So, there are significant opportunities for international healthcare providers to meet Nepal’s domestic demand either through sole investment or joint ventures, the latter being significantly popular in recent years. Similarly, the Government has recognized and supported Ayurveda and homeopathy, traditional South Asian systems of medical care, which are based on the use of herbs and minerals. Although, this segment of the pharmaceutical industry is highly fragmented and un-organized, there have been some recent attempts to organize commercial-scale manufacturing these drugs. Presence of a wide variety of plants out of which 700 have medicinal properties, and favourable climatic and policy environment provide excellent opportunity for the investors.
- Specialized Hospitals and Diagnostic Centers
- Ayurbedic/Herbal Treatment Centres
- Pharmaceutical Companies
- Health care facilities
- Medical Colleges & Teaching Hospitals
- Healthcare Sector Profile published by Investment Board of Nepal: https://ibn.gov.np/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Health-Sector-Profile.pdf
- A Report on Market Data for Private Sector Investments in Nepal Healthcare Sector published by Dolma Impact Fund: