DPM Mahara returns home from China


Kathmandu, May 16: Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara returned to home Tuesday night after attending the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation organized by China in Beijing.
Speaking at a press conference at the VVIP Lounge of Tribhuvan International Airport after the arrival, DPM Mahara said the participants at the Belt and Road Forum agreed that the One Belt One Road Initiative was a very good concept.
“It can play a significant role for Nepal’s development on infrastructure building as railroad and opening of additional border points,” he said, adding China was always positive for Nepal’s economic development and discussions were held on China’s continued assistance to Nepal.
During his stay in China, DPM Mahara also held discussions with various Chinese officials in which he informed them about Nepal’s latest political development as local elections and ensuing political stability with the implementation of constitution. He informed at the press meet that he found Nepal and China very good friends.
The Nepali delegation had left here for Beijing on Friday to take part in the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held on May 14-15.
The eight-member Nepali delegation including Minister for Information and Communications Surendra Kumar Karki, Physical Infrastructure and Transport Ramesh Lekhak led by DPM Mahara took part in the Forum that was attended by 1,200 representatives including Heads of States from 29 countries, 100 ministerial level personalities and representatives from different agencies.

On Sunday, the head of Nepali delegation and DPM Mahara met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yang.

Earlier, Nepal and China and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, on May 12. The Nepali delegation attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation during thematic session on Connectivity of development Policies and Strategies.

During the session, Minister Karki said that Nepal’s geographical location, as a part of belt and road initiative, provides unique opportunity to synergize the benefit of connectivity with Central Asia, Europe, North and East Asia to South Asia.
He also proposed for mutual cooperation mechanism under the belt and road initiative and find some synergy in outcomes from the policies and projects related to connectivity, adding that Nepal was ready to work together with China for realizing the goal of creating harmonious and prosperous society for more equitable and just global order. RSS