By Our Reporter
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli is leaving for Vietnam today (9 May) in an eight-day official visit to Vietnam and Cambodia.
Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister for Foreign Affairs, informed that the visit will focus on how the war-torn country, Vietnam, became an economic powerhouse in the East Asia.
At an interaction with local journalists on Thursday, Gyawali said that in the last three decades Vietnam has emerged as the world’s best investment destinations.
There are many things to learn for Nepal, he said.
PM Oli is visiting Vietnam at the invitation of its PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Later, on May 13 PM Oli will leave for Cambodia for a three-day official visit at the invitation of Cambodian PM Hun Sen.
Gyawali said that the visit will focus on strengthening bilateral relations between Nepal and Cambodia and attracting tourists from there.
President Bhandari’s China visit highly successful:
Minister Gyawali informed that President Bidya Devi Bhandari’s China visit was highly successful in strengthening the bilateral relations and enhancing economic cooperation between the two countries.
The joint communiqué issued after the conference on the ‘Second Belt and Road Forum for a Brighter Shared Future’ has given special attention to issues like strengthening transit and connectivity infrastructure to facilitate the landlocked countries, regulating the multi-sectoral trade system and creating Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network, including Nepal-China cross border railways, Gyawali said.
During her visit, Nepal signed the Protocol on Transit Agreement which has opened up seven Chinese ports to Nepal. Likewise, there was signing on agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) handover of projects maintained by China, bilateral administrative customs cooperation, support to standards measurement, economic and technical cooperation, and livelihood support.
Minister Gyawali said that Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged support in creating cross-border railways and other infrastructure under the wider network of creating Nepal-China Trans-Himalayan Multi-Dimensional Connectivity Network.
Xi also said that China was ready to support Nepal in its priority areas like education, export trade promotion and opening up more border points. He also said that he would visit Nepal in near future.
Tatopani pass to resume this month:
Minister Gyawali said that the Tatopani trade pass would come into operation within this month.
China has completed the construction of the dry port at Larcha of Sindhupalchowk and the Miteri Bridge is about to be completed. China has already constructed the required structure across the border, he said.