Govt to provide ToR for envoys

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Dec 5, 2014-

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has started handing over country specific Terms of References (ToR) to its newly-appointed ambassadors beginning this season. Six newly-appointed ambassadors who are going to take up their diplomatic assignments very soon (one has already taken in Switzerland), will be handed over such ToR.

This is the first time the ministry has imposed such country specific ToR to its envoy to improve their performance and make the ambassadorial positing more result oriented, focused and to inject new dynamism in Nepal’s relations with neighbouring and friendly countries.

“In general terms, the ToRs are similar in nature but we have made them specific to certain countries,” said MoFA Spokesperson Khaganath Adhikari. Due to the gravity of Nepal’s relations with India and China, the country specific ToR with these countries is heavy with additional responsibilities, he said.

According to Adhikari, Nepali envoys abroad, in general, will have to maintain cordial relations with Nepali diaspora, should promote economic diplomacy by injecting investment in various potential sectors, strengthen bilateral ties, cultivate relations with academicians, politicians and media to promote Nepal in better ways and look after the well-being of Nepali students and others. Promotion of Nepali art,

culture and tourism and attracting foreign investment in Nepal are also prioritised.

Ambassadors to be posted in Gulf countries, Malaysia, and other labour destination countries are required to give highest priority to migrant workers’ security and well-being.

The main focus is effective implementation of the economic diplomacy with emphasis on trade, investment and tourism, he said.

A steering committee has been formed under the leadership of Foreign minister to assess achievements and shortcomings.

The envoys are also urged to work closely with Non-resident Nepali community and Nepal’s honorary consuls stationed in various countries and cities. Nepal has 36 missions abroad at present.

Published: 06-12-2014 08:28

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