British MPs call on Energy Minister Pun

  • Conservative Party’s Nigel Evans leads MPs’ team
- Post Report, Kathmandu
The officials discussed topics of bilateral concerns for Nepal and the UK during the meeting

May 8, 2018-British Member of Parliament of Prime Minister Teresa May’s Conservative Party Nigel Evans on Monday called on Nepal’s Minister for Energy,Water Resources and Irrigation, Barshaman Pun.

The British MP is leading the visiting parliamentary delegation, from May 6 to 12, at the invitation of the Federal Parliament of Nepal.

Evans and members of the delegation met with the minister in his office today. The officials discussed topics of bilateral concerns for Nepal and the UK during the meeting.

A British Member of Parliament, Evans, 60, represents the Conservative Party for the Ribble Valley constituency. He is currently the joint executive secretary of the Conservative Private Members’ Committee, the parliamentary group of the Conservative Party in the UK House of Commons.

Stating the UK was the old development partner of Nepal, Minister Pun said he hoped to see cordial relations between the two countries in the future as well.

“Support provided by the UK to Nepal’s education, health and security sector holds a significant meaning,” said the Minister’s Secretariat in a statement.

The minister informed the delegation that the government was ready to co-operate with the UK in the areas of energy, water resources and irrigation.

The minister said the Ministry plans to generate 10,000 megawatts of electricity within the next 10 years. It requires national and international forum support for this.

The minister briefed the delegation Nepal capacity of producing 100,000 mw of electricity. He urged the delegation to invest in Nepal, saying now the procedure is investment-friendly.

At the meeting, members of the delegation enquired about Nepal government’s policies and plans concerning the hydropower, solar energy and water resources.

Evans said the UK government was ready to help Nepal’s development endeavours. Such bilateral visits would increase in the future once the UK formally exits from the European Union. He expressed hope that the bilateral relations between the two countries would further consolidate in the future.

Published: 08-05-2018 08:27

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