The government has urged Britain to increase its assistance for the development of hydropower sector, infrastructures and economic progress of the country.
During a meeting with British Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan on Tuesday, Minister for Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire urged the British government representative to assist in those sectors which would help Nepal attain economic progress. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Ghimire said the meeting focused on bringing in British investment in employment-creating development projects and other sectors of priorities set by the Nepal government. The two discussed about the matters relating to bilateral relations and mutual interests. They also exchanged views on the completion of 200 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.
Expressing his happiness over Nepal heading towards political stability with the successful completion of the Constituent Assembly (CA) elections, the British Minister argued that now attention of one and all should be focused on economic development of the country.
The peaceful election has helped in the institutionalization of democracy in Nepal, Minister Ghimire said, quoting the British government minister. Minister Duncan praised the government, the Election Commission and all the bodies concerned for their ability to conduct the CA election in a free and impartial atmosphere with massive voter turnout. The British government is always ready to help Nepal in the sector of socio-economic development, he said.
Duncan arrived in Nepal on Monday on a four-day trip. This is his fifth visit to Nepal since he assumed the portfolio of international development three years ago. The meeting also reviewed British government-funded development projects and other projects aimed at reducing poverty and achieving economic progress and other assistance being provided by the British government to Nepal.
Britain is Nepal's first bilateral donor country. It has announced a financial assistance of 100 million pounds annually to Nepal.
British Ambassador to Nepal Andrew Sparkes, Europe America Division Chief at Foreign Ministry, Tara Prasad Pokhrel and Head of DFID Gail Marzetti were also present in the meeting.