Nepal wants to get maximum benefit from OBOR: FM Mahat

Published On: March 26, 2017 05:40 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, March 26: Minister for Foreign Affairs Prakash Sharan Mahat, who accompanies Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal on his official visit to China, has viewed that Nepal wants to get as much as benefits from the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative proposed by China. 

Minister Mahat made this remark at a program organized by Beijing Foreign Studies University in China today. 

"Nepal is a landlocked country and a grand project like this will help connect China's neighboring Nepal to the rest of the world and benefit the country by exporting its produces," he said. 

The minister said Nepal would benefit from exporting its produces to Asia and European markets along with making country's multiple dimensions known to the world through this huge project of China, said Mahat's Public Relations and Press Coordinator Yek Raj Pathak. 

Saying it would be a good opportunity for Nepal having a huge potentiality for development once it could be connected to China and other world through road connectivity, he requested China to provide assistances in infrastructure development of the country. 

"Nepal is not poor nor is it small in geography. We do have abundance opportunities for development but the brain drain of the country continues to take place for want of necessary development in infrastructure sector. There is not also expected foreign investment pouring into Nepal," he said. 

Minister Mahat also urged the Government of China to make investments in Nepal's tourism, hydropower and other sectors. 

The Foreign Affair Minister added that Nepal was not benefitting due to lack of infrastructure development despite sufficient resources like water, natural heritages, herbs and plants while the outbound of Nepal's labor force was huge every year. 

On the occasion, he reiterated that the century-long relations existing between Nepal-China was very good even today and pledged Nepal's commitment to one-China policy. RSS 

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