Government postpones donor meet

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 13, 2015-

A local donor meeting scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed for Friday following another quake on Tuesday.

The Finance Ministry was scheduled to meet with the local donors to assess the needs for reconstruction of damaged infrastructures caused by the recent earthquakes and aftershocks. “We have postponed the meeting for Friday,” said Madhu Marasini, chief of the ministrys’ international economic cooperation coordination division. “I wrote to them for a meeting on Friday.”

Following Japan’s assurance to hold an international conference of donors to generate resources for Nepal’s reconstruction, the government has aimed to assess the damage with the help of experts from donor agencies to prepare a report for the donor conference expected to be held in two months’ time.

“Involving donors in damage assessment process is important to convince them to put in money for reconstruction,” said Marasini.

The meeting is also expected to help the residential donor community prepare themselves for making their own recommendation to their headquarters about Nepal’s need. The government wants the international conference be held before the presentation of the budget for the next fiscal year, with the government planning to give top priority to the construction of damaged infrastructure as well as rehabilitation of the affected people in the budget.

According to Marasini, the government wants the conference to take place in Nepal itself so the donors could feel the impact of the quake here. He said the government also aims at involving as many donors as possible in the conference.

Published: 14-05-2015 09:59

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