Cover Story Interview

“China aims to maintain itself as a soft power in Nepal using investment as an instrument.”

The interest of China in terms of connectivity with Nepal has been mostly towards Keyrung leaving all other border points. Nepali government officials were hopeful that the full reopening of the Khasa-Tatopani border would be announced during Xi’s . . . Read more »

“Nepal needs effective strategy in logistics infrastructure and human capital development to benefit from its engagement with China”

Traditionally, we have been importing Chinese goods via Indian ports as the trade routes there are easier for us than the routes linking China. However, this scenario is likely to change gradually as China is investing heavily in infrastructure development in the Tibet to increase the region’s economic . . . Read more »

“The use of China’s transit route for our trade can only have strategic value, not commercial value at this moment”

The signing of the Transit and Transportation Agreement between Nepal and China in 2016 is one of the milestones in the history of transit transportation of Nepal; this has been one of the major drives in our diversification of transit . . . Read more »

“Nepal cannot afford reciprocal and equal treatment to Indian citizens in respect of economic and trade opportunities”

With more than 1800 kms of open border, it is natural for Nepal and India to have greater trade, investment and economic linkages. The dimension of socio-economic relation is multifold. It is not only about the trade and remittance. . . . Read more »

“Highest level of transparency has been maintained in the procurement of two wide-body aircraft”

“Highest level of transparency has been maintained in the procurement of two wide-body aircraft”

The procurement process was started around two years ago. After the bidding process for the supply of the two wide-body aircraft was finalised about one year ago, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) . . . Read more »

BBIN : Will Sub-regionalism Work?

BBIN MVA is significant because of Nepal’s landlocked status and if we want to look at our comparative and competitive advantages, connectivity beyond India makes more sense. BBIN will basically help us to connect with Bangladesh and Bhutan via . . . Read more »