Press Release on the Hon. Foreign Minister’s Participation in the Ministerial Conference on Digital Response to COVID-19

Press Release

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Hon. Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, addressed the virtual Ministerial Conference on the Digital Response to COVID-19 organized by Estonia and Singapore, as the Co-chairs of the Group of Friends on e-Governance and Cyber-security, this evening. The Conference discussed how countries can emerge stronger and better-equipped in the face of the COVID-19 crisis by using innovative digital solutions.

Hon. Mr. Gyawali, in his statement, shared the Government’s vision of transforming the country into a knowledge-based society as well as the ongoing application of online resources in prevention and control of the pandemic. Stating that LDCs have been the hardest-hit of the digital divide, misinformation and cyber-attacks, he called for capacity strengthening of these countries. He also expressed the commitment of Nepal to working with the international community for ensuring secure, sustainable and equitable digital accessibility.

Attended by over 60 countries, the Conference is themed at “Close the Digital Divides: the Digital Response to COVID-19”. The participating Ministers shared their national experiences and expressed commitments to inclusive digital transformation, capacity building and connectivity.

At the conclusion, the Conference will adopt a Global Declaration on the Digital Response to COVID-19 as its outcome.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Singh Durbar,

01 July 2020