Beijing, June 23 – Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli’s China visit this time has internationalized Nepal’s agenda of prosperity.
The campaign of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’, put forwarded by the new government formed after the successful conduction of three tiers of elections in line with the Constitution has also gained momentum.
The meetings of Prime Minister Oli, who is on a six-day official visit to China at the invitation of his Chinese counterpart, has given a new height to the bilateral relations and also yielded important outcomes in economic development.
The Memorandum of Understanding with government and private sector has imparted a message that Nepal is a proper destination for investment while the visit has also given a message of political stability in Nepal to the Chinese side.
China has officially accepted Nepal’s slogan of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’ and has also pledged to provide possible support towards realizing the campaign for this. The recognition from Chinese side has also expanded Nepal’s agenda for prosperity at international level.
Nepal’s emphatic proposal of railways was endorsed by Chinese President. This is an important matter for Nepal and Nepali people, which is likely to have influence at regional level.
Agreement on the trans-border Himalayan railway service is something to cheer as it will have positive consequences with multi-dimensional changes in economy. It is believed that the agreement is so far the most important initiative and will embark on a new era in the area of reciprocal cooperation.
The signing of transport connectivity protocol has allowed the vehicles carrying Nepali goods and commodities in China’s autonomous region which will ease our movement in mountainous region. The agreement will expectantly give momentum to Nepal’s trade exchange in northern belt.
Likewise, the agreement point on energy will also ease power exchange and subsequently pave the way for economic activities and development.
Commenting on the MoU signed at the Embassy, FNCCI Chairperson Bhawani Rana said, “We took the agreements signed here as very important and positive. The agreements indifferent sectors would help Nepal’s journey towards prosperity”.
Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Gyawali said the Prime Minister’s China visit was cordial and very useful and encouraging.
Talking to journalists in course of the arrival of Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli to Lhasa after completing his programme at Beijing, Minister Gyawali briefed that China had openly lauded the recent political changes in Nepal.
The Chinese leadership had expressed strong confidence to cooperate Nepal forever so as to materialize the campaign of ‘Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali’, he briefed adding that matters related to mutual interests were openly discussed.
Referring Prime Minister’s quote that friendship is important than the agreement, Gyawali said the visit was very significant in that sense.
“We are satisfied and happy from this visit”, the Minister said while sharing that China had presented reliable basis to support and cooperate Nepal’s plans in priority.
He also termed the signing of agreements and Memorandum of Understanding with China ‘very important’.
“So far the information I received from Chinese side feasibility study on rail service would be completed by coming August”, he said adding additional study is necessary due to geological structure of the country.
There would be permanent mechanisms between Nepal and China at various levels and that would review the mutual relations between the two countries, Minister shared, adding that such mechanism would help us explore new areas of cooperation in future.
He further informed that there would be regular dialogue at Foreign Minister, Foreign Secretary/Joint Secretary and Director General levels.