Print Edition - 2018-04-22  |  Letter to the Editor

DREAM ON

Apr 22, 2018-

Oli must have got a shot in the arm with the reception he got from the Indian civil society, as reflected in Salman Haider’s interesting piece (‘A talk with Mr Oli’, April 19, Page 7). The visit, as the write up indicates, seems to have garnered goodwill and moved to subside the misunderstanding between the two countries. Unfortunately, there are number of outstanding issues between the two countries to settle. During the visit, the talks, which necessarily should have focused on, surprisingly did not feature the trade imbalance with India, which has ballooned in recent times. The World Bank recently was quoted as stating that the imbalance has crossed a threshold and become so large than even Nepal’s remittance income could not cover it. The writer mentions that a number of ambitious projects were featured in the Indo-Nepal bilateral talks which will promote shared interests. But, unless Nepal is able to negotiate to narrow down the trade imbalance with India, which is so huge, its aim to walk the path of prosperity simply remains a day dream.

Amrit R Manandhar,

Basantapur, Kathmandu

 

Published: 22-04-2018 07:39

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