Bhandari invites Indian investors to Nepal

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 19 Apr 2017 09:19:29


INVITING Indians investors to her country, Nepal President Bidhya Devi Bhandari on Tuesday said that after political transformation, socio-economic transformation is Nepal’s top priority and it is keen to benefit from India’s tremendous progress.

“Nepal has undergone political transformation of historic proportion in recent years. Now socio-economic transformation is our topmost priority. If not backed by economic transformation, political transformation cannot be sustainable,” Bhandari said at an event here organised by industry chambers CII, Ficci and Assocham. She said achievements made by India in economic, social, scientific and other fields are remarkable and Nepal is keen to benefit from India’s success. “For Nepal, India remains the largest trading partner... We are closely engaged in SAARC, BIMSTEC and BBIN and these regional and sub-regional platforms could be made more effective in delivering results,” she said. Emphasising that Nepal treats the private sector as a partner for development, Bhandari pointed out that Nepal has opened up almost every sector for foreign investment, including manufacturing, hydropower, tourism, services, mining and agro-based industries. “The Government is committed to creating a climate conducive to investment. No discrimination is made between Nepali and Indian investors. Numerous similarities make us natural partners.

“BIPPA (Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement) with India is under consideration for ratification while the double taxation avoidance agreement has already been signed,” she said.
She said that incentives for investment in Nepal are no less attractive than those in many other countries.