13th meeting of Nepal-EU Joint Commission to begin on Wednesday

Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba receives the visiting delegation of the European Union led by European External Action Service (EEAS) Deputy Managing Director, Paola Pampaloni (left), at his office in Kathmandu, on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. Photo: Sher Bahadur Deuba/Twitter

KATHMANDU: The 13th meeting of the Nepal-EU Joint Commission is scheduled to commence on Wednesday.

Deputy Managing Director of the European Union’s External Affairs for Asia and the Pacific, Paola Pampaloni, has is in Kathmandu to take part in the meeting. Pampaloni will be co-chairing the meeting with Foreign Secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal.

The meeting will review the progress of the 12th meeting held last year — progress of development assistance received by Nepal and its overall aspects while deliberations will be held in post-COVID economic recovery, trade and investment, energy, science and technology, agriculture, human resource development, environmental protection, post-earthquake reconstruction, rural development, nutrition, education and good governance.

The agenda of the meeting is to expand Nepal’s export trade and assist in the manufacturing of products with comparative advantage, development assistance and human rights, and expansion of communication network.
Moreover, there will be in-depth discussions on strategic plans such as transport development, energy and investment in digital networks, and expanding people-to-people contacts. Various aspects of EU assistance to fulfil Nepal’s commitments made at the recent UN Conference on Climate Change in Glasgow will also feature in the discussion.

In the meeting, Nepal and the European Union will also raise the issue of cooperation and partnership in close contact with the United Nations, World Trade Organisation and other international forums, promoting world order and multilateralism based on rules and procedures.

Meanwhile, Deputy Managing Director for Asia and Pacific of European External Action Service (EEAS), Paola Pampaloni called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba today.

During the meeting, matters related to cooperation and partnership between Nepal and the European Union, trade, civil aviation security, climate change and other regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest were discussed, according to the Office of the Prime Minister.

Previously, on Monday evening, EEAS Deputy Managing Director Paola Pampaloni attended a dinner hosted by European Union Ambassador to Nepal Nona Deprez and exchanged views with select stakeholders to discuss how the private sector contributes to Nepal’s green, resilient and inclusive development.

Leading a three-member delegation, Pampaloni arrived in Nepal last Saturday to participate in the 13th meeting of the Nepal-EU Joint Commission.

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