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Oli invites Indian investors, ensures safety and profit

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NEW DELHI — Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has sought investments from Indian businesses saying Nepal was committed to bring visible changes in the country by fostering bilateral economic engagements with India with investor-friendly environment and incentives for industries.

Oli expressed so during his address to businesspersons at a program organized by Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries in New Delhi.

Attending the first official programme upon arrival at the administrative capital of India, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, at an interaction with representatives of Indian business community, PM Oli shared that with a successful political changes, the country was looking into economic transformation to ensure a ‘Prosperous Nepal and Happy Nepalis’.

“I would like to take this opportunity to invite our friends to Nepal and assess the changed business environment. We want to work jointly with our Indian friends on our way to prosperity. We aspire to stand as a developing country and graduate from our LDC status at the earliest. Our motto is Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepal.”

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At the India-Nepal Business Forum, the Prime Minister briefly spoke on the need for business community to get a clear picture on the current changed situation of trade and commerce in Nepal and further made a request to change their perception on investing in the Nepali market.

He said areas such as infrastructure, tourism, power, agriculture and IT hold huge opportunities for investors.

Nepal has a strong government at the centre, and stable government gives stability and continuity in policy regime, he said here at the India-Nepal Business Forum meet organised by industry chambers, including CII.

Law and order situation has improved and this means Nepal is safe for foreign investment, he said, adding that the country need massive investments in every sector.

The prime minister said investment in any sector is highly profitable in Nepal and it also provides huge market for investors.”Investors always looks for market. Look at Nepal’s position. For us, market is not a problem, (but) production is a problem. It is lying between two vibrant economic powers with huge population of the world — India and China. That assure you of a promising market of 2.5 billion people,” he said.

Saying that Nepal enjoys duty-free access to European markets Oli said, “We are ready to listen to you. Your advises and suggestions. You have invested across the globe, so why not to go to the next door Nepal. Geographical proximity, easy access and cultural similarities are all there to make you feel good about Nepal. Seize the opportunity.”

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Talking about policies, he said the country has enacted laws and reforms for foreign investments and they are committed to provide a liberal economy and polices.

“We have favourable fiscal environment. We have low tax slabs, no income tax on dividends and export earnings and tax holidays for certain industries,” he added.

He also stated that foreign companies register in Nepal can purchase, own and sell land and there is no discrimination between nationl and foreign investors.

Talking about sectors that holds opportunities, he said power, manufacturing, IT, agro based industries and tourism are the areas where investments can be profitable.

“All sectors open for investment. We are eager to work together with business community of India. I would request you to come to Nepal and invest,” he added.

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Dozen injured as police baton charge protesters

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JUMLA — Police resorted to baton charge after intense protests from students and locals on Thursday in suuport od agitating Dr Govind KC at Karnali Academy of Health Science premises.

The government has prewpared to airlift Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging a hunger strike at Karnali Academy of Health Sciences in Jumla, adn sent a speicial team anf Nepal Army helicopter from Nepalgunf.

Protests then have erupted at the vicinity of the institution.

The Karnali province government official’s team had reached KAHS to make preparation to send Dr Govinda KC to Kathmandu for medical treatment, forcefully, if necessary.

Karnali CM and Law Minister were barred from seeing the agitating doctor by the students inside the hospital premises and were met with protest outside as they were exiting the academy.

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Meanwhile, over a dozen students and doctors have been injured in the police lathicharge. Students as well as locals are protesting against the government’s move to airlift Dr KC to Kathmandu demanding the government to carry out talks and fulfil Dr KC’s demand in Jumla itself, before taking him to Kathmandu.

The security personnel have also misbehaved with the members of media and threatened to vandalise their equipment if they took photographs of the incident.

After dozens being injured, Dr KC has agreed to come to Kathmandu.

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