Apr 07, 2014
The Second consultation Mechanism meeting between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Nepal and the Republic of Korea held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea today. The meetingreviewed the existing excellent bilateral relationship based on mutual goodwill and cooperation and expressed their determination to move forward exploring all the avenues of cooperation for our mutual benefitsin the days to come. During the meeting, the Nepalese delegation also discussed bilateral issues relating to trade, investment and labour. The meeting was also a landmark in itself as both the countries are celebrating 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship this year. To mark the occasion, both the diplomatic missions in Kathmandu and Seoul are engaged in organizing various activities including food festival, film festival and seminars. The cooperation from the Korean government to make the success of the investment seminar organized by the Embassy of Nepal in Seoul in May this year was also discussed during the meeting. Realizing the importance of exchanges as a reliable instrument in strengthening bilateral relationship at various level including the higher level official visits, the delegation from both the sides shared similar views and expressed their desire on making higher level contacts through visits. The Nepalese delegation also requested the Korean side to encourage the potential private investors to invest in Nepal in the priority sectors: harnessing hydropower, Agriculture, tourism and infrastructure development. Similarly, a proposal for Duty Free and Quota Free access to the Nepalese products as provided to the LLDCs was also discussed. The Nepalese side also took up the labour issues and requested the Korean side for its consideration on increasing the number of quota for the Nepalese workers under the Employment Permit System, introducing online registration system for the registration of applications of the aspirants to appear on Korean language test, making Nepalese workers a part of National Pension System of Korea, and repatriation of dead body to Nepal.
The Korean side while expressing the satisfaction over the existing bilateral relationship expressed the willingness to work together in the development of Nepal through expanding the economic cooperation. The Korean side also requested the Nepali side to expedite the ongoing projects for its completion in time. Highlighting the Korean Government’s ODA priority, the Korean side designated Nepal as an important Overseas Development Assistance partner among the other 26 prioritycountries. Reiterating the assurance of the Korean Government for its continuous support, the Korean side informed that Education, Health, Agriculture and Energy are the four areas where Korean cooperation are concentrated as its policy of partnership and strategy. The Korean side also informed the Nepali side about their interest in commencing a new project in agriculture sector.
While congratulating the new government, the Korean side also congratulated Nepal for taking over the chairmanship of BIMSTEC and shouldering responsibility of holding SAARC summit in Kathmandu. Despite bilateral issues, both the side also discussed regional and international matters of mutual interests. Reassuring mutual cooperation in the international and regional forums, the Korean side assured its participation in the forthcoming SAARC summit to be held in Nepal this year.
Prior to the bilateral meeting, the leader of the Nepalese delegation Ms. Ambika Devi Luital paid a courtesy call on His Excellency Cho Taeyong, Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Korea and discussed matters of mutual interest. The Vice-Minister congratulated the new government in Nepal and said that Korea want to see Nepal realize full and functioning democracy for stable and prosperous Nepal. He also assured the continued Korean development assistance to Nepal.
In honour of the visiting delegation the leader of the Korean delegation His Excellency Mr. Suh, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of Korea also hosted a luncheon today. His Excellency Mr. Kaman Singh Lama, Ambassador of Nepal to the Republic of Korea also attended the luncheon.
The meeting was led by Ms. Ambika Devi Luital, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs from Nepalese side and Suh Jeong-in, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the Korean side. Other members of the delegation from the Nepalese side include Mr. Raja Ram Bartaula, Counsellor and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Nepal in Korea, Mr. Anil Gurung, Labour Attache of the Embassy of Nepal in Seoul, Mr. Lal Bahadur Khatri, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Ms. Rita Dhital, Under Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ms. Prathma Uprety, Second Secretary of the Embassy of Nepal in Seoul. Similarly, Ham Jeong-han, Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, Na Yong-wook, Counsellor of the Embassy of Korea in Kathmandu, Ms. Kim Boo-kyung, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Labour and Employment of the Government of Korea, Lee Nam-soon, Director of KOICA, Kim Min-jung, Second Secretary and Lim Bora, Third Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Korea from Korean side.
After arriving in Seoul, the Nepalese delegation met with His Excellency Mr. Choon-bok Lee, Vice President of Human Resources Development Service of Korea and discussed the matters related with the welfare of Nepalese workers working in Korea under the Employment Permit System. The delegation also met with His Excellency Kim, Chang Gyu and discussed matters on promoting trade, investment and hydropower development in Nepal.
On both the occasion, the members of the Nepalese delegation were also present.
Embassy of Nepal
March 21, 2014