Nepali embassy in Delhi holds interaction on remittance services, investment in Nepal

Participants including bankers, embassy staff, Nepali students and Nepali community members attend an interaction organised by the Embassy of Nepal in collaboration with the Everest Chamber of Commerce and Industries, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, May 8, 2022. Photo courtesy: Dr. Shankar P Sharma/Twitter

KATHMANDU: The Embassy of Nepal in New Delhi organised an interaction programme on Banking and Remittance Services, Export-Trade and Investment Opportunity in Nepal in collaboration with the Everest Chamber of Commerce and Industries in the Indian capital on Sunday.

Speaking as the Chief Guest, on the occasion, Ambassador-designate of Nepal to India, Shankar Prasad Sharma, highlighted the robust economic ties between Nepal and India. Ambassador Sharma encouraged Indian investors to invest in Nepal. he said a moderate climate, geographical proximity and availability of the means of air and land transport, language and cultural similarity, and close working relations between Nepali and Indian nationals and duty-free and quota-free provisions for export in most products are favourable factors giving advantages for Indian investors to invest in Nepal.

He also emphasized the enhanced political linkages as it is important for any investor and businessperson, the Nepali Embassy in New Delhi stated in a press release.

Regarding remittance, Ambassador Sharma encouraged everyone to use a banking channel to remit their earnings as it is safe, secure, simple and transparent. He mentioned that by sending money to families, we will be supporting our government as well, as the foreign currency we remit to our family helps to import capital goods for development. The Ambassador-designate also advised transferring their earnings to their own or their families’ accounts in Nepal because, at present, banks in Nepal have been giving high interest rates.

Sharma requested bank officials to facilitate the process of opening bank accounts for everyone by creating awareness campaigns and putting information on websites as far as practicable. He assured the participants of every possible support from the Embassy in this endeavour.

In his welcome address, Deputy Chief of Mission, Ram Prasad Subedi, highlighted the objectives of the programme. He called for the Nepali nationals working in India to remit their earnings through banking channels as it can help to sustain Nepali economy affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. He also highlighted the export trade and investment opportunity in Nepal.

President of the Everest Chamber of Commerce and Industries, New Delhi, and the Chairperson of the programme, Yubraj Baral, called for every member of the Nepali community to encourage Indian investors and businesspersons to invest in Nepal as they have established good relations.

He also requested the Embassy for coordination and facilitation wherever it is needed.

Basu Dev Bhattarai, Director, Foreign Exchange Department, Nepal Rastra Bank spoke on the existing policies and practices for remittance, foreign investment and the limitation to carrying cash amounts by travellers from and to Nepal. He also briefed on how foreign currency is spent and gave an account of its current situation and reserve in Nepal.

Nohan Karki, General Secretary, Everest Chamber of Commerce and Industries, made a presentation, highlighting the objectives, programmes and activities of the association and shared that the people of Nepali origin in India have emotional attachment to Nepal and Nepali people and always wish for their progress and prosperity.

Speaking on the occasion, the representative of Global IME, Bank, Kathmandu, Swechchha Rana requested Nepa1i nationals to use banking channels for remitting their earnings. She informed the audience about the provisions and arrangements made by the Bank in several countries to open up bank accounts for Nepali citizens while staying abroad. She also elaborated on various facilities and incentives made by the banks, including high interest rate.

Representative of Everest Bank Kathmandu, Nikhil Shrestha thanked the Ambassador designates and the Embassy of Nepal for hosting the event. He stated that the dissemination of information by the participants to others itself can serve as a wide range of marketing. He highlighted the provisions, arrangements and facilities provided by the Everest Bank to remit money from India to Nepal and vice-versa.

He also emphasized easing Indo-Nepal remittance guidelines to facilitate remittance service.

Executive Chief of IME Bank, Khilendra Paudel, giving an account of the IME Bank to facilitate remittance, underlined the difficulties faced by common Nepalis at border points. He mentioned that in absence of clear guidelines and regulations, at present, it is very difficult for an ordinary person to approach and get services from banks by himself/herself to remit money to Nepal. He requested facilitation on behalf of the government.

In the second half of the programme, there was an interaction with the participants. Bank representatives answered various questions raised by the participants. The programme was moderated by Badri Tiwari, counsellor of the Embassy of Nepal.

Nepali Embassy officials, investors and businesspersons of Nepali origin in India, employees of various formal and informal entities, university students, and mediapersons were among the participants.

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