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Nepal-China to enhance trade relations, economic ties

By Sweta Baniya (Xinhua)

08:19, March 26, 2012

KATHMANDU, March 25 (Xinhua) -- "I am confident that our cooperation will move forward quickly with more exchanges," said Chinese Ambassador to Nepal Yang Houlan at the 12th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Nepal-China Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCCI) held in Kathmandu on Sunday.

The NCCCI has been actively promoting the trade and economic relations between the two countries since its foundation in 1999.

A special program was organized here to commemorate the annual general meeting of the NCCCI.

Attended by Nepalese Minister for Commerce and Supplies, Barsha Man Pun, Chinese Ambassador Yang Houlan and businessmen, the AGM focused on the trade relations between Nepal and China and the promotion of economic ties between the two nations.

Addressing the function, Chinese Ambassador Yang Houlan said that the government of China has encouraged the strong and reputed companies to invest in Nepal and promote bilateral economic relations.

"The NCCCI has made great efforts in solidifying friendship and promoting people to people exchanges between the two countries particularly in trade and economic cooperation," said Yang Houlan.

Speaking on the same occasion, Minister for Finance Barsha Man Pun said that Nepal is vying for the economic prosperity by ending the political transition in the nation.

"After the visit of Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, the environment of trust has been strengthened between the two countries," Pun said.

He added that the government of Nepal has always encouraged new investment projects in Nepal and will work responsibly with those investing in Nepal.

"There are immense possibilities for investment in Nepal and we are open for the Chinese investment," he said.

China is providing Nepal with assistance and technology for constructing a dry port in Tatopani which links Nepal and China through the "friendship bridge" constructed in 1981.

As per the Chinese official statistics of 2011, the total trade volume between Nepal and China stood at 1.2 billion U.S. dollars, up 61 percent.

Likewise, Nepal's export to China stood at 14 million dollars, up 21 percent.

And Chinese tourists to Nepal in the year were 75,631, up 63.14 percent.


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PD User at 2012-03-27117.242.144.*
okay so missile shields now thereafter what what generation coloniasm
Swapna Thapa at 2012-03-26117.18.231.*
We,the people of Nepal always consider China as one of our closest friends. Can"t China extend its friendly hand towards us more generously? The number of student Scholarship and mutual tour exchange between two country"s professionals can make this friendship more sustainable and strong.

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