“The UK, through our development effort, is working to end extreme poverty around the world, including in Nepal – which means tackling the great global challenges – from the root causes of mass migration and disease, to insecurity, conflict and global climate change," said British Ambassador to Nepal Richard Morris, at a reception organized by Nepal Britain Chamber of Commerce and Industry to mark the bicentennial year of Nepal Britain relations. "We will not renege on the promises we have made and are committed to the Global Goal target of achieving zero extreme poverty by 2030, investing in programs that provide health, education, water and tackle violence against girls and women.”
Addressing the Nepalese business community after the British voted to leave EU, ambassador Morris said, “We will continue to work with our partners overseas to tackle people smuggling and to defeat the gangs who seek to exploit the vulnerable and desperate for personal gain.”
He said that Britain will build a new future from a position of strength, outward facing, internationally focused and ready to embrace the new opportunities that Brexit brings.
“Britain is committed to working with our international partners, fully playing our part in ensuring a safer, healthier and more prosperous world. The UK was the first member of the G7 to meet the United Nations target of spending 0.7% of gross national income on international development. This policy, now enshrined in law, alongside the UK’s commitment to spend 2% of its income on defence, is helping to shape the world around us. The UK is resolutely committed to all our operations around the world and will continue to be a strong and reliable ally,” said ambassador Morris.
The UK is a permanent member of the UN Security Council, of NATO, of the G7, the G20 and the Commonwealth.
“The UK has been and always will be a trading nation and our overseas partners are guaranteed a strong, business friendly environment. The UK was the fastest growing economy in the G7 last year and is a great place to do business - that will not change. Potential investors will be pleased to know that the UK is the highest ranked major economy in terms of ease of doing business. London is regarded as the world’s leading financial hub and its creative and entrepreneurial spirit continues to thrive with a wealth of opportunities for our trading partners."
British ambassador Morris said that the UK is a world leader in financial services, insurance, computer and information services and has a global reputation for creativity. "With its superfast broadband coverage, integrated transport system and low corporation tax, it is perhaps unsurprising that the UK is one of the best places in the world to start and grow a business. Britain, currently the 5th largest economy in the world, is open for business and actively welcomes entrepreneurs who wish to invest in the UK. Whilst the UK remains a full member of the EU for now, the British government will ensure its new relationship with the EU works for business."
He said, “Britain will continue to thrive and prosper, it will continue to be a reliable ally and trusted partner, its creativity and innovation will not be diminished in any way. While the nature of our relationship with the EU is still to be determined, we will want the strongest possible economic links with our European neighbours, as well as our close friends in North America, the Commonwealth and other important partners around the world,” adding, “Our vision is of a Britain that is respected abroad, tolerant and welcoming at home, and completely committed to working with our international partners to build a better world for our and future generations."