Nepal and Germany have signed a joint declaration of intent on the establishment of Bilateral Consultation Mechanism where joint political consultations between the two foreign ministries will be held annually.
Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ghanashyam Bhandari, and visiting Commissioner for South Asia at German Federal Foreign Office, Markus Potzel, signed the document on behalf of their respective governments yesterday.
“The consultations will be complementary to the bi-annual consultations on development cooperation led by the Nepali Ministry of Finance and the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,” Potzel said.
Foreign Secretary, Shankar Das Bairagi, welcomed Potzel to the first joint political consultation between the two foreign ministries.
During the occasion, Bairagi recalled his visit to Berlin in summer 2018, where he was received by Vice Minister Niels Annen at the German Foreign Office.
The Germans welcomed the efforts to foster an open investment climate in Nepal and pledged support for its ongoing reform measures.
Both sides stressed the need for speedy decisions on concrete economic engagements. Germany also pledged support to promote Nepal’s tourism sector not only in the context of its Visit Nepal-2020 campaign but also in the long-run. “The two sides acknowledged climate change as one of the most serious existential threats to humanity and agreed to promote collaboration, both at bilateral and multilateral levels,” said Potzel.