Swayne inspects DFID work

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Swayne inspects DFID work

Feb 20, 2015-

The UK Minister for International Development Desmond Swayne visited Nepal to see DFID’s bilateral programmes and how the UK, Nepal’s largest bilateral donor, is supporting efforts to combat poverty and promote economic growth.

He arrived in Kathmandu on Wednesday on a three-day visit. During his visit Swayne met Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat to discuss the future of UK development support to Nepal, including how to build on the more than 100 million Pounds Sterling committed by the UK for fiscal year 2015/16, said a British Embassy statement. As the two countries approach 200 years of friendship, UK is looking at how to support Nepal in its efforts to graduate from least developed country status by 2022, said the statement, adding that achieving necessary economic growth will require sustained efforts to speed up investment in infrastructure and maximising human capital.

A meeting with the Investment Board of Nepal focused on how development aid could facilitate private sector investment that is important to unlocking Nepal’s hydropower potential. Swayne visited rural water and sanitation projects in Syangja and Pumdhibhumdi health post to observe how services are delivered.

Published: 21-02-2015 07:11

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