As international donor’s meeting is just a week ahead, it is almost certain that it is unlikely to see any head of the government’s from any major country. According to the report in Indian media, Indian foreign minister Sushma Swaraj will represent India in the forthcoming International donor’s conference aimed at raising funds for the earthquake-hit Nepal.
Modi decided to nominate Swaraj for the Nepal conference after toying for a brief while with the idea to go there himself. Nepal had earlier sent its finance minister Ram Chandra Mahat to invite Modi for the conference.
Nepal’s another neighbor China is yet to announce the leader of delegation.
According to Ministry of Finance, Nepal has sent invitation to 62 donors – 37 governments, 22 international organizations and three ‘celebrities’: former US President Jimmy Carter, Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio and British film star Joanna Lumley. But only 13 donors have confirmed their participation in the meeting to be co-hosted by Japan.
Norway’s Foreign Affairs minister Børge Brende, Japan’s State Minister of Foreign Affairs Yasuhide Nakayama, Sri Lanka’s Disaster Management Minister A. Abdul Hameed Mohamed Fowzie and Bhutan’s Finance Minister Namgay Dorji have been confirmed.
World Bank’s Vice President for South Asia Annette Dixon, European Union’s Development Commissioner, JICA’s President Akihiko Tanaka, ADB President Takehiko Nakao and UN’s Under Secretary General Gyan Chandra Acharya have also confirmed their participation.