Sunday, April 5, 2009
Prachanda returns from successful European trip
Prime Minister Prachanda returned home after completing a week-long visit to Norway and Finland on Saturday.
Prime Minister Prachanda speaks to media persons on his arrival at...
Organising a press conference at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Dahal said his visit to the two Scandinavian nations that are Nepal's key donors was "highly successful".
According to him, both Norwegian and Finnish governments pledged help in Nepal's peace process, development and the constitution drafting process.
During his three-day stay in Norway, Prachanda met his Norwegian counterpart Jens Stoltenberg, other senior government officials and interacted with business leaders and experts in hydropower. A memorandum of understanding was signed between Nepal and Norway on development cooperation.
The PM informed that the Norwegian side agreed to increase investment in hydropower sector apart from establishing a polytechnic institute in Nepal.
Likewise, Finland has promised to double its assistance to Nepal in the next three years. PM Prachanda informed that Nepal will receive 25 percent more Finnish aid this year. Finland has also agreed to take charge of maintenance of the Biratnagar-based thermal plant in order to bring it into full operation.
According to Prachanda , the Finnish government officials have also shown readiness to help in forestry sector.
Prachanda invited his Finnish counterpart Matte Vantage for a visit to Nepal at a convenient time, which he accepted.
PM Prachanda had left for Nordic trip on March 28, leading a 19-member delegation which included his wife Sita, son Prakash, his foreign affairs advisor Hira Bahadur Thapa, chief secretary Bhoj Raj Ghimire, foreign secretary Gyan Chandra Acharya, some business leaders and three security officers. Hydropower development dominated the agendas of the PM's visit.
Meanwhile, PM Prachanda, who heads the Unified CPN (Maoist), has brushed aside reports of alleged attempts of some political sections to install monarchy in the form of 'baby king'.
"The baby king issue is just a hogwash. The current of River Ganga cannot be reserved [meaning no possibility of return of monarchy]."
Posted by nickglais on 4/05/2009 02:18:00 AM