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SAARC Cabinet secretaries’ meet kicks off in Kathmandu

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KATHMANDU — South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Cabinet secretaries meeting has kicked off in Kathmandu.

PM KP Sharma Oli initiated the two-day meeting on Thursday.

Other than chief secretaries of eight member states, high officials of the observer nations are also present in the meeting.

Addressing the meeting, PM Oli said public administration should be smooth and effective in order to bring economic prosperity in the region.

“It is very important to further enhance regional cooperation in SAARC,” said the Prime Minister, adding the regional bloc was yet to effectively meet expectations of people from it.

Oli has also praised Nepal’s Constitution promulgated last year as world’s one of the best constitution claiming it had institutionalised the republicanism and ensured people’s rights.

Secretaries of member states of the SAARC would hold discussions on governance practices of the region, common problems of governance and their solutions and initiatives to be taken for the improvement.

Addressing the inaugural, SAARC Secretary General Arjun Bahadur Thapa commented that the regional organisation achieved some significant successes in its 30-year history.

Likewise, Nepal’s Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi said good governance could be achieved with corruption control, economic prosperity and inclusive development.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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