MoUs to be signed between Nepal and Qatar approved

KATHMANDU, APRIL 23: The government has decided to endorse various memorandum of understanding (MoUs) to be signed between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Qatar. The MoUs are going to be signed during the two-day state visit of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani starting today. At the invitation of President Ramchandra Paudel, the Emir of Qatar, Al Thani, is visiting Nepal on April 23 and 24.

Accordingly, the Council of Ministers meeting yesterday decided to give a public holiday on April 23. According to Minister for Communications and Information Technology Rekha Sharma, the cabinet also decided to approve the state visit program of the Emir of Qatar and for the Prime Minister to lead the talks with the Qatari side. The memorandum of understanding is being signed on cooperation between Nepal and Qatar in the field of youth and sports, and the in the field of education and scientific research.

Government Spokesperson Sharma informed that the cabinet meeting decided to accept 9.91 million Swiss francs from the Swiss government for the implementation of the trekking-based tourism development project in Koshi province and 9.8 million US dollars from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for Pokhara Metropolitan City.

Similarly, the Cabinet has also decided to appoint Secretary Madhukumar Marasini as the Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Dr Krishnahari Pushkar as the Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers. The meeting approved the preliminary agenda of the 12th meeting of the Nepal-China Tibet Trade Facilitation Committee to be held in Kathmandu on April 27 and 28 and decided to form a talks team under the coordination of the joint secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies to participate in the meeting.

Sharing the decisions of the April 18 cabinet meeting, Government Spokesperson Sharma said that the government decided that the Central Post Office, Postal Directorate and District Post Offices will operate on public holidays as well. Likewise, Assistant Auditor General Baikuntha Bahadur Adhikari has been promoted to the post of Deputy Auditor General and Murari Prasad Kharel has been appointed as the Secretary of the National Human Rights Commission.