Kathmandu, September 15
A chairman of the ruling Nepal Communist Party Pushpa Kamal Dahal has said Nepal should not delay in forwarding the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) initiated by China because it is related to collective development and connectivity.
At a programme named ‘BRI Dialogue’ organised by Nepal Intellectuals’ Organisation here today, chairman Dahal argued that there was no military alliance in the BRI, but an initiative of collective development and social harmony. He hence argued Nepal’s involvement in the project could be beneficial to Nepal’s development.
“BRI’s vision is the prosperity of human being with social harmony. It is not for any country’s will to be a superpower. Rail connectivity, road infrastructures and communications are imperative for Nepal. Nepal signed for it after long homework,” he reminded.
On the occasion, Foreign Affairs Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said although Nepal had not made a stride at a time when it had already signed the BRI project, the government was leading the activities of long-term interest with the consensus of all political parties in the wake of the new constitution, federalism and the political stability. He admitted that the BRI project was not accelerated in Nepal due to inadequate human resources and lack of laws at all levels of government.
Likewise, Nepali Congress leader Sujata Koirala recalled that positive efforts were made for BRI when her party was in the government. The opposition would support any development endeavours which are in the national interest, she said.
Published on September 15th, Sunday, 2019 3:13 PM