Diplomatic Attache’ /Nepalese Embassy Kuwait
After a long gap of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Nepal opened the Embassy in Kuwait last year March. The Embassy has completed over one year of its functioning. During this short period, two high level official visits from Nepal have taken place and the Government of the State of Kuwait has been supportive all the way in the effective and smooth functioning of the Embassy since its opening.
Then Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Honble Sujata Koirala visited Kuwait in January this year and the two countries signed an agreement to establish a Joint Commission at the level of Foreign Ministers , which is an umbrella instrument covering the entire gamut of bilateral relations. During the visit, the two countries agreed to undertake the construction of two projects in Nepal; the Sitapaila- Dharke Road for which the Kuwait Fund has already agreed to extend technical assistance of KD 2,00,000 this year for the feasibility study and has also assured of a soft term loan for one Hydro-electric Project.
Rt Honble President of Nepal, Dr. Ram Baran Yadav, attended the celebrations of 50th Anniversary of Independence, 20th Anniversary of Liberation and 5th Anniversary of Accession of His Highness the Amir of Kuwait. Nepal was the first South Asian country which supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kuwait during the invasion by Iraq 20 years ago. Kuwait has appreciated our gesture by according an invitation to Rt Honble President on this great occasion.
This year, the Embassy celebrated ther Republic Day also as an event to promote Tourism since Nepal has announced this year as Nepal Tourism Year 2011. Many High level official Dignitaries, Foreign Ambassadors accredited to Kuwait, Media persons, Business Groups and Nepali Community representatives and others attended it. The Ambassador also had a live talk programme telecast live the national television Pragramme, KTV on tourism as well as the trade and investment opportunities in Nepal.
This helped inform the local population to know about Nepal and her natural beauties. The Embassy had prepared a Tourism Promotion booklet in Arabic Language, CD and other brochures about Nepal’s famous destinations were also distributed. From the British School in Kuwait, a group of 30 students visited Nepal as they selected Nepal for their field study. The report of Field Visit to Nepal was ranked first and the students participating in it were rewarded by the British Ambassador. Nowadays, the number of Kuwaitis visiting Nepal for tourism is taking motion although much efforts have yet to be taken in this area. If we can make package programmes and disseminating through media, that would be very effective to attract more tourists from Kuwait specially during the summer time.
The Government of Kuwait is also focusing to increase the number of Nepali workers in different categories and giving high priorities in recruiting them. Before the Embassy was opened, Kuwait had stopped recruiting Nepali workers in corporate sectors since last two years. Now every company has its first option as Nepali workers. There are many reasons for choosing Nepalis, but we have been able to supply only unskilled labourers. Nepal has both the opportunities and challenges, there is a great scope for our skilled, and semi-skilled manpower as well. So far, Nepal is known only as a country supplying untrained and unskilled domestic workers. This scenario can be changed only when the Government implements effectively the regulatory measures undertaken by it and deals strictly against the human traffickers who do not abode by it. This can happen by encouraging the prospective job-seekers in the country to earn some skill and also promote the awareness and orientation programmes in different areas from east to west and north to south.
Bilateral trade and investment can be another area we should now concentrate on. As we have known from the newspaper reports about the establishment of the Nepal Kuwait Chamber of Commerce in Kathmandu recently by a group of private sector entrepreneurs, the members of this Chamber should also join hands with the Government to move forward in this area. Kuwaiti private sector entrepreneurs are looking for green pastures all over the world to invest and we should be able to attract them to Nepal.
Posted by: Jay Ale