Nepal, China officials to discuss trade relations today

Kathmandu, September 29

Commerce officials of Nepal and China are scheduled to hold a high-level meeting to discuss trade relations between the neighbours on Tuesday afternoon.

The joint secretary-level meeting is scheduled to begin at 12 today. Whereas Nepal has around one dozen items on its agenda, China has expressed its interest to discuss four issues among them.

Sources at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs say China’s top priority is improving trade environment between two countries. It means Beijing is willing to make efforts to end various obstructions seen in the trade ties between the two countries.

Likewise, the officials will also discuss upgrading the road to the Rasuwagadhi border point between the two countries as it is the most used route in cross-border trade. In the meantime, officials will also deliberate on upgrading various small-scale border points.

“We have incorporated on our agenda obstacles of trade as well as available facilities, implementation of past agreements, and other issues of cooperation,” says Commerce Joint-Secretary Prakash Dahal, who will lead the Npali delegation.

Representatives from ministries of foreign affairs, home affairs, finance, physical infrastructure and transport, and agriculture will also participate in the meeting.

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