Economic agenda priority for SAARC: Nepal
Nepali Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat yesterday said that the
economic agenda will be given emphasis at the 15th South Asian
Association Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit.
Addressing an interaction programme in the capital, Dr Mahat said
that the need of energy and open market policy will be discussed at the
Serious discussion will be carried out to seek alternatives to
resolve the oil crisis, he added.
According to Dr Mahat, energy crisis is not only the problem of Nepal
but it has affected all South Asian countries. He opined that as Nepal
has water resources, India has coal and Bangladesh has gas, these
natural resources must be utilised to move ahead struggling the crisis.
Dr Mahat also informed that Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala is
scheduled to hold special talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh during the SAARC summit.
They will insist the Indian government to decrease steel mark tax
which is imported in Nepal and to give permission to let the belongings
stated in negative list to be exported in India, he informed.