KATHMANDU, Oct 7: Nepal’s private sector has come up with a common agenda in support of the controversial Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Nepal Compact, pressurizing the government to endorse the agreement soon.
MCC must come with some amendments and the clauses must be written more clearly, respecting the sovereignty and voices of Nepal or else, the US must keep its popularity by engaging in other philanthropic activities that it has been doing for many decades. Since the US is the global center for democratic values, questions arising over the US are also the questions arising over free speech, independence and democracy that Nepalis strongly believe in.
While scanning MCC, Nepal can also learn from the Sri Lankan experience where a US aid scheme sparked debate and MCC was not approved. Critics argue that the MCC’s primary commitment is not poverty reduction but to reshape the legal, institutional, infrastructural and financial contexts of poorer countries to better suit US economic and Indo-Pacific Strategy Pact interests of the government and becoming an instrument of the new imperialism pursuing economic hegemony through the extension and ever-deepening penetration of neoliberal capitalism. Vietnam has already rejected MCC.
KATHMANDU, Sept 24: Former Home Minister and politburo member of the main opposition CPN-UML, Ram Bahadur Thapa has said that the American Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement should be passed after revising a few provisions.
Nowadays, some sections of the public go as far as to charge treason against those who argue the MCC project is needed for Nepal’s development. Some adamant opponents do not even want to listen to or read other arguments when it comes to the MCC project. This is an utterly wrong and worrisome situation. Are the people who are in favor of the project treasonous? I would contend, absolutely not.
KATHMANDU, Sept 21: The Supreme Court (SC) has issued an interim order to the authorities not to take action against anyone on the basis of their negative remarks about projects operating in the country, including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).
Nepal is not the only country in the world that is receiving an MCC grant. Several other countries have already received grants and some countries are currently in the process of receiving the grants. We can look at what were the agreement points in the countries where the project has been implemented, how it has been operated, and whether the project has done well or not. We should also examine what kinds of agreements are being made with the countries where MCC funding is currently being received.
KATHMANDU, Sept 11: Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has said that the government is holding discussions with other political parties to forge broader national consensus to endorse Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement through the parliament.
CHITWAN, Sept 10: Protesters picketed the District Administration Office (DAO) of Chitwan, on Friday, demanding that the US grant project - the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) - be scrapped. The MCC Abolition Campaign Joint Struggle Committee Chitwan gheraoed the DAO on Friday afternoon, chanting anti-MCC slogans and brandishing black flags.
KATHMANDU, Sept 9: A meeting of the top leaders of the ruling parties is currently underway at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Baluwatar. Sources said the meeting has been organized to forge consensus among the ruling parties to endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement through parliament.
KATHMANDU, Sept 9: Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President Fatima Sumar is meeting CPN-UML Chairman KP Sharma Oli today. Sumar is on a four-day trip to Nepal to understand the latest status of the MCC project, which is yet to be approved by parliament.
KATHMANDU, Sept 8: Arguing that the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has been introduced only after completing legal procedure, Nepali Congress (NC) President and Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has urged not to politicize this issue.
KATHMANDU, September 6: The Home Ministry has instructed all three security agencies under it to stay on "high alert" as the government prepares for the US aid project, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), to be endorsed through the parliament.
KATHMANDU, Sept 3: A demonstration against the MCC took place in front of the US Embassy in Nepal on Friday morning. Police arrested 10 people of ‘National Campaign against MCC’ from in front of the embassy in Maharajgunj, Kathmandu.
MORANG, August 28: Minister for Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Gyanendra Bahadur Karki has expressed confidence that MCC would be endorsed after holding discussions with political parties, adding that MCC as a development project is necessary for the country.
KATHMANDU, August 18: Given Nepal’s current situation, MCC or no MCC is not going to make any difference. The sky is not going to fall without the MCC, nor will we be having a heavenly ride with the MCC. Yet, the political forces in the opposition have found it to be a rallying cry.
KATHMANDU, August 11: The common minimum program introduced by the coalition government led by Sher Bahadur Deuba has ignored the projects under the much-talked about Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). The previous coalition government of the CPN (Maoist Centre) and Congress had signed the MCC Compact on September 14, 2017.
KATHMANDU, July 30: Bhim Rawal, a member of parliament from the main opposition CPN-UML, has claimed that the government has already agreed to the Millennium Corporation Challenge (MCC), an ambitious strategic project of the United States of America.
KATHMANDU, Nov 1: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has said that his government will never sign the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) agreement proposed by the United States, Sri Lankan media reports said.
KATHMANDU, Sept 10: Chairman duo of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) K P Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal have agreed to endorse the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact through parliament after making necessary amendments to the agreement.
Let me begin with the most recent incident. On July 17,a video showing a youth (said to be a Nepali) being tonsured and forced to shout ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and‘death to Nepal PM’ appeared in social media. The Indian men, in the video, wrote ‘Jai Shri Ram’ on shaved head of the youth.
KATHMANDU, July 4: At a time when the fate of the US Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is hanging in balance, Finance Minister Dr Yuba Raj Khatiwada on Saturday said that the government has received positive response from the MCC headquarters in terms of extending the deadline for MCC ratification.
KATHMANDU, June 30: Citing delays in parliamentary ratification of the MCC Nepal Compact, the Millennium Challenge Account Nepal (MCA-Nepal) has said that the entry into force (EiF) date for the agreement is getting reassessed.
KATHMANDU, June 29: As the parliamentary endorsement of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact is delayed further, the United States government has clarified that it cannot indefinitely wait for Nepal to take final decision on the 500 million grants.
KATHMANDU, June 28: Amid souring relations between China and India following a recent military scuffle in Ladakh, a Chinese scholar has said that the two Asian neighbors should not be resorting to war but work for stability in the entire Himalayas.
With a theme "Kathmandu valley-wide citizen's cultural peace walk for national independence, co-existence, and good governance" members of The Civil Voice, a Facebook group has begun a eight-day protest "Citizen's Cultural Peace Walk".
KATHMANDU, June 24: With the 'unilateral' decision of the Speaker Agni Sapkota to put off the meeting of the House of Representatives (HoR) till July 1, the implementation of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) projects is now uncertain.
KATHMANDU, June 1: Minister for Finance, Yuba Raj Khatiwada, has said that the government will accept the fund from the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) only after it gets approved by parliament.
KATHMANDU, May 30: A Secretariat meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) has decided to halt all activities being carried out as part of Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Nepal as the Millennium Challenge Compact is yet to be endorsed through the federal parliament.
KATHMANDU, May 21: At a time when the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) remains sharply divided over whether the $500 million Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant agreement should be endorsed by parliament in the current form or with some amendments, a senior US State Department official expressed hope that Nepal 'does not take dictation from China' on the issue of the MCC grant that Nepali side had agreed earlier to utilize for developing power transmission lines and road projects.
Ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leaders look headed toward scuttling the 500 million dollar American grant largely on the basis of misinformation and rhetoric. NCP has remained a divided house on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) grant assistance of the US government. While a section of leaders, mostly representing former UML, has stood in favour of endorsing MCC agreement from the parliament, those aligned with former Maoist faction seem resolutely opposed to the idea. It was hoped that the task force formed by NCP to study the matter and make the recommendations to the government would come up with the needed solution. It did not. As a matter fact, the task force, which submitted its recommendations to the government on February 21, seems to have made the matters worse, when it suggested that the government should not endorse MCC without revising the contract. The government has been hesitant to even start deliberations on MCC after the task force submitted its report.
PARBAT, March 1: Minister for Home Affairs Ram Bahadur Thapa on Sunday said that Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) project will not be ratified through the parliament without making necessary amendments on it.