UK boosts support for Nepal elections

British government agreed to provide additional support to forthcoming elections for Constituent Assembly.

June 19, 2013, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 07 No. -1 June 14- 2013 (Jestha 31, 2070)

British government agreed to provide additional support to forthcoming elections for Constituent Assembly. In a ceremony at the Ministry of Finance, British ambassador to Nepal Andy Sparkes revealed this in a ceremony.


"As a longstanding friend of Nepal, the UK is determined to do all it can to support Nepal in its preparations for free, credible, democratic and inclusive elections this November. For this purpose, the UK has already provided a total of £3.5m through the Nepal Peace Trust Fund and £5m through UNDP," said ambassador Sparkes.
"I am pleased to announce today that we are gearing up our support. Through the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), we are looking to provide an additional £4m to the Nepal Peace Trust Fund. And DFID will support womens' participation, election observation and training for journalists through projects worth up to £2m," said ambassador

Overall these new funding pledges bring the UK's total support to these elections to almost NRs 2 billion (£14.5M). "As Ambassador, I am proud to be able to announce such significant support to what will be enormously important elections for the future of Nepal."

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