January 8, 2019 07:38 AM NPT
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KATHMANDU, Jan 8: Prime Minister KP Oli is traveling to Switzerland later this month to address the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF). He will be the first head of government from Nepal to address the forum.
The annual meeting of the forum, which is an independent international organization for public-private cooperation formed to improve the state of the world, is being held in Davos-Klosteet to focus on the theme of ‘globalization’.
This is the first time that the head of the government of Nepal received such invitation to address the forum. Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) confirmed that none of the government heads of Nepal in the past had ever addressed the forum.
Addressing the parliament on Sunday, Prime Minister Oli informed that he was participating in the WEF this year as a speaker.
“I take this invitation as international recognition of our democracy, stability and our journey toward development since this is the first time that a sitting prime minister of Nepal has received a formal invitation to address the forum,” he said.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Oli highlighted a number of achievements Nepal has made in the diplomatic arena. He cited his visit to India, China and his address to the UN General Assembly and various bilateral meetings with the heads of the government of various countries on the sidelines of the UNGA as major achievements.
PM Oli claimed that Nepal reached separate agreements with Cambodia and Myanmar to start direct flights to the two Asian countries following the visits of Cambodian prime minister and state councilor of Myanmar to Nepal.
Foreign Minister Gyawali visiting India
Foreign Minister Pradeep Gyawali is visiting India Wednesday to address the annual Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. It is also known as India’s flagship conference on geopolitics and geo-economics.
According to officials at the MoFA, Minister Gyawali is scheduled to address the conference on the third day of the Raisina Dialogue on Thursday. Minister Gyawali is also likely to hold meeting with his Indian counterpart during his stay.