Government of Nepal
Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies
H.E. Mr. Masashi Ogawa, Ambassador of Japan to Nepal, paid a courtesy call on Hon'ble Matrika Prasad Yadav, Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies at latter's office on Friday 30 March 2018.
During the meeting issues relating to promoting bilateral trade, investment and economic cooperation between two nations were discussed in detail. While appreciating cordial and cooperative bilateral relations and increasing economic cooperation between Japan and Nepal over the last six decades, both sides emphasized on further promoting bilateral trade, investment and tourism relations to reap maximum benefits.
Welcoming Japanese Ambassador at his office, Hon'ble Minsiter Yadav requested Japan to continue and further increase its economic support to Nepal's development endevours as the new Government is sincerely taking up economic growth and prosperity as the key agenda. We struggle for long time to ensure peoples' rights, and now we are fully concentrated to materialize speedy economic growth to improve the life of our common people, and to make Nepal a prosperous country, he stated. To this end, we require support from all our development partners including Japan to make big infrastructures such as road, airports, dryports, hydropower etc. he emphasized. In view of growing demand of Nepal's various products in Japanese market such as organic tea, coffee, handicraft, pashmina, among others, he called upon Japanese Ambassador to render necessary support to enhance market access for these products in Japan. Hon'ble Minister Yadav also requested Japan to extend further support for building industrial zones and trade exhibition centers in different provinces, and extend support of various inputs for commercial farming in Nepal. He also emphasized the need of Japan's more support to increase capacity of Udaypur Cement Industry, which was established with Japanese cooperation some 3 decades before and has earned popularity for its quality product since its inception.
Congratulating Hon'ble Minister for assuming the important portfolio of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Supplies in the newly formed Government, Japanese Ambassador Mr. Ogawa expressed Japanese Government's stance to continue its cooperation in Nepal's overall development. With the formation of new Government at the federal level, Nepal will have stable Government and policy climate for the next five years which is a key driver to steer country's economic agenda to its success, Ambassador Ogawa expressed hopes. Admiring Nepal's niche items such as organic tea, coffee, handicrafts and other products, Ambassador Ogawa underscored the need for maintaining quality and ensuring regular supply of those quality products in Japanese market in order to take adequate benefit thereof. He also outlined the need of skill development programs for Nepali workers to enable them to earn more within and outside of the country. At the end, Ambassador Ogawa sought Government of Nepal's support to Japan to host Expo 2025 in Osaka for what the country has put forward its candidacy.
During the meeting, Hon'ble Minister was accompanied by Joint Secretary Mr. Toya Narayan Gyawali and other concerned officials at the Ministry, while H.E. Ambassador of Japan was assisted by the officials of the Embassy in Kathmandu.
30 March 2018