Qatar eyes investment in Nepal projects

Nepal’s foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat said that Qatar is seeking collaboration and investment in his country’s hydropower, hospitality, tourism and telecom sectors

Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Prakash Sharan Mahat addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Prakash Sharan Mahat addresses the United Nations General Assembly in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

Nepal’s foreign minister Prakash Sharan Mahat said that Qatar is interested in investing in his country’s hydropower, hospitality, tourism and telecom sectors.

On a three-day official visit to Doha last week, Mahat spoke at a reception at the ambassador’s residence, organised by the Nepalese embassy, Gulf Times reported.

Mahat referred to his consultations with HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, HE the Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Dr Issa Saad al-Jafali al-Nuaimi, on the bilateral relationship between Nepal and Qatar.

“I feel lucky to have conducted such high-level meetings between the two countries after 12 years. I am happy that HH the Emir praised the Nepalese workers as honest and hardworking,” Mahat said while recounting the relationship enjoyed by the two countries, spanning four decades.

Among other topics, the Nepalese foreign minister’s meetings revolved around amending the 2005 labour agreement between the two countries, increasing the quota of semi-skilled Nepalese workers to Qatar, issuing a 24-hour insurance policy, offering safe accommodation for workers and improving collaboration between the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs and the Nepalese Embassy.

“I have invited Qatar’s Foreign Minister to make an official visit to Nepal and he replied that he will visit soon,” Mahat added.

He also praised the Nepali community’s unity and cooperation with the embassy and requested his fellow citizens in Qatar to adhere to the rules and regulations of their host nation.

Along with and a number of community members, also present were Nepalese Foreign Affairs secretary Shankar Bairagi, Ministry of Labour and Employment joint secretary Govinda Vurtel, Nepalese embassy charge d’ Affaires Mani Ratna Sharam. 
 

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