By Our Reporter
The second conference of the Belt and Road International Transportation Alliance (BRITA), comprise of 33 nations from the globe is going to be held from 25 to 27 February in Kathmandu.
The first conference was held in Beijing.
BRITA’s board members NASHA Foundation and Nepal Automobiles Association have coordinated the conference.
The theme of the conference is “BRI, Nepal connecting the world, benefits and challenges”.
The conference is scheduled to be inaugurated by former prime minister and chairman of the ruling party CPN, Pushpakamal Dahal Prachanda.
Road Board Nepal, a government organ, and Nepal Federation of Nepalese Chamber of Commerce and Industries (FNCCI), Nepal Engineering Association are the co-organisers of the conference.
Subjects to be discussed at the conference are infrastructure development, tourism, transportation safety, etc.
Above three dozens of participants from above one dozen nations, including China, India, United Kingdom, Latvia, Nigeria, Malaysia are attending the conference.
Above two dozen experts are going to present their paper on infrastructure development and BRI.
In spite of continues pressure from some of the western countries for not joining the BRI club, Nepal has become the member of the club and the government is about to finalize around one dozen infrastructural projects to be constructed under the BRI.
Some westerner countries had even put formal as well as informal pressure for not entertaining Chinese mobile company Huawei, the government recently endorsed an agreement by assigning the company in the 4-G internet service installation project under the Nepal Telecom.
CPN chairman Prachanda believes that this is the gesture shown by the government towards China.
Prachanda also expects construction of the infrastructural projects of national pride should be started soon under the BRI project.
He believes, if such projects will kicks off in the country, it will pave the way for the long awaited visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping, said a highly placed source.
To recall, the Chinese President has already visited other neighbouring countries expect from Nepal, thus, the visit of the Chinese President to Nepal is significant, the very source said.