Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nepal Hon. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali met with H.E. Dr. Yin Li, Governor of the People’s Government of Sichuan Province in Chengdu today.
Matters pertaining to bilateral interest, including further accelerating people-to-people exchanges between Nepal and the Sichuan Province of China, were discussed during the meeting. The two sides also discussed the historical connections, geographical proximity and cultural similarities between Nepal and the Sichuan Province of China, and mentioned the role of Chengdu as an important gateway between Nepal and China.
The Governor of Sichuan Provincial People’s Government H.E. Dr. Yin Li hosted a dinner in honor of the Hon. Minister and the Nepali delegation this evening.
Earlier today, Foreign Minister Hon. Pradeep K Gyawali delivered a lecture on ‘Nepal-China Relations and Development Prospects in the Trans-Himalayan Region’ at Sichuan University in Chengdu. In his speech, he highlighted five areas of mutual interest – transport connectivity; agriculture, industry and technology transfer; human resources development; tourism and culture; and people-to-people contacts – as important sectors for bilateral cooperation between Nepal and China. The President of the University Li Yanrong and other senior officials, faculty members, Chinese and international students, including Nepali students, were present in the program. Hon. Minister was received by Mr. Wang Jianguo, Party Secretary of the University, upon his arrival. After the program, Hon. Minister met with Nepali students of the University.
During his stay in Chengdu, Hon. Foreign Minister Gyawali met with leaders of Sichuan Investment Group, which has made joint-investments in Nepal’s hydropower sector. In his meeting, Hon. Minister Gyawali assured that the Government of Nepal was committed to creating a conducive environment for Chinese businessmen and investors in Nepal, and would take necessary measures for facilitating investments in sectors such as energy and hydropower, agriculture and manufacturing, among others.
Foreign Minister Hon. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali is on a five-day official visit to China. He arrived in Chengdu, Sichuan from Beijing yesterday evening, and will be leaving for Kathmandu tomorrow morning.
Embassy of Nepal
20 April 2018