Prime Minister Koirala Inaugurated International Conference Post-Quake

Nepal hosts int'l conference on post-quake reconstruction

June 26, 2015, 5:45 p.m. Published in Magazine Issue: Vol: 09 No. -1 June. 12- 2015 (Jestha 29, 2072)

Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala inaugurated the International Conference on Reconstruction for Nepal amid the function with participation of delegations from various parts of the world.

Inaugurating the conference, Prime Minister Koirala appealed for more aid from the international community at an international conference on Nepal's reconstruction in the capital.

Koirala inaugurated the one-day meeting by lighting a traditional oil lamp before observing a moment of silence for the deceased in the 7.9-magnitude earthquake, which jolted the Himalayan country on April 25.

Representatives from more than 60 nations and international agencies attended the conference aimed at raising financial support for the quake-ravaged country's reconstruction and recovery process.

Prime Minister Koirala extended his gratitude to all the helping hands, especially China and India, for their immediate support following the massive quake.

"Thank you for not letting us feels that Nepal is not alone in the time of disaster. It's time for all to work collectively for the better future," he said. The prime minister promised that all aid would reach the intended beneficiaries.

Addressing the conference, Nepalese Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey said, "This is an opportunity to rebuild the country, better and stronger."  Nepal says it needs around 6.7 billion U.S. dollars to rebuild the country from the devastating quake in April, which killed more than 8,700 people, destroyed 500,000 houses and left thousands homeless.

Koirala inaugurated the conference and will seek donors' help to rebuild the country at an estimated cost of $7 billion. Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is attending the conference and is likely to make an announcement of granting an aid of $1 billion.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and over 300 delegates from 60 nations were also present at the meeting. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang also announced 600 million dollar for reconstruction. World Bank has already announced same amount of money and Japan government  and Asian Development Bank is expected to announce the new package.

The two-day conference in capital Kathmandu is being organized by the Nepal government in order raise funds to reconstruct the physical infrastructures of the country destroyed by a massive 7.9-magnitude earthquake on April 25.


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