Ministry sets parameters for envoy appointment

- RASTRIYA SAMACHAR SAMITI, Kathmandu

Feb 8, 2019-

The government has enforced new strictures for the appointment of ambassadors. As per the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, aspiring envoys must now have a strong command over the English language and have deep knowledge about host countries and world affairs.

The Ministry announced that it has introduced the new standards for the ambassador’s appointment, after it came to the government’s attention that the respect that came with the prestigious post was perceived lightly for lack of some key qualities on the part of the appointees.

According to Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, the move would help further strengthen relations with concerned countries. “The ambassadorial post and its dignity is being perceived very lightly. The new standard was been implemented to make Nepal’s diplomatic relations stronger and effective,” Gyawali said.

According to  the new strictures for such appointments, a political appointee’s diplomatic capacity, specialised academic qualifications and experiences will be highly prioritised.

As per the government’s decision, 50 percent of the total appointees will be appointed from the Nepal Foreign Affairs Service.

Out of 33 countries with which Nepal shares bilateral relations with, Nepal currently does not have an ambassador in five countries: South Korea, Bangladesh, Spain, South Africa and Australia.

According to Minister Gyawali, for the appointment of an ambassador, the inclusive principle of Article 282 of the  Constitution of Nepal will be followed. “The government is cautious to depict Nepal’s societal picture and diversity in ambassadorial appointment,” he added.

Minister Gwayali was responding to the queries of the lawmakers at an interaction programme summoned by the Parliamentary Hearing Committee on Thursday, in the Capital.

On the occasion, lawmakers Bhimsen Das Pradhan, Surendra Pandey, Yogesh Bhattarai, Puspa Bhusal and others suggested that the government should select candidates from all across the board based on meritocracy and the nominees’ qualification, and not on any biases.

Published: 08-02-2019 11:39

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