KATHMANDU — Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expressed his hope that the elections of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies would be held on the scheduled date and that could contribute to further consolidating the federal democracy.
During his meeting with the US Ambassador to Nepal, Alaina B Teplitz, at his office in Singha Durbar Tuesday, the Prime Minister said: “People enthusiastically participated in the local level elections. Local representatives have already started providing services to the people reaching their doorsteps. With this democracy at the local level is being strengthened.”
Ambassador Teplitz reached the Singha Durbar to pay a courtesy call on the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister further expressed his hope that the Nepali people would enthusiastically take part in the nearing elections as in the local level, as stated by the PM’s foreign affairs advisor Dinesh Bhattarai to the RSS.
Expressing hope that the strengthened democracy was possible only in the effective enforcement of the constitution, the Prime Minister said that the government had laid equal focus on all the three-tier of elections.
The upcoming elections would take a noticeable number of women to a leadership level as in the local level.
The US Ambassador, on the occasion, informed the Prime Minister about various aspects of Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grants assistance.
It may be noted the US government recently provided 500 million US dollars to Nepal under its MCC, an independent US government agency working to reduce poverty through the means of economic development, for the development and expansion of road infrastructure and electricity transmission networks. This amount is the highest foreign assistance Nepal received so far.
Nepal got such assistance for its achievements since the past few years in the areas of development, construction, good governance, inclusion, child health, immunization, access to primary education and conservation of natural resources.
The US envoy, congratulating the Nepal for proving itself entitled for receiving the MCC grant assistance, shared information about the process of its expenditure with the Prime Minister.Follow @gorkhapost
2018 to be marked as high-level visit year : Minister Gyawali
KATHMANDU — Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradip Gyawali has said that the year 2018 would be made the high-level visit year to solicit assistance for economic development.
Minister Gyawali, at an interaction programme in the capital city today, said that the high-level visit would be helpful to collect assistance for Nepal’s development and prosperity.
“Homework to invite Indian PM Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would begin very soon. Chinese President Xi Jinping was invited in 2016 but his visit could not happen due to change in government. This time, high-level visits from the USA, the UK, Japan and other countries would be arranged,” Minister Gyawali said.
He also added that the visit from Prime Minister of Pakistan held last month increased goodwill and was concentrated on holding the stalled SAARC Summit.
On the occasion, the Foreign Affairs Minister said that truce in Syria should be held as the children are falling victims to the war.
He also pledged to work to increase Nepal’s access to UN adding that our approach is not established in comparison to Nepal’s contribution to peace keeping mission. Minister Gyawali reiterated his commitment to not allow Nepal’s soil to be used against any nation.
The Foreign Affairs Minister said that Nepal’s relations with China and India would be based on our necessity instead of an alternative to one another.Follow @gorkhapost