MCC Nepal Compact Begins Implementation Today

MCC Nepal Compact Begins Implementation Today

Aug. 30, 2023, 7:53 p.m.

The Government of Nepal and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) today marks the official start of implementation of the MCC Nepal Compact, a program jointly financed by the Government of Nepal and MCC. This milestone follows an agreement between Nepal and MCC that substantial progress has been made in project preparation.

Finance Minister Dr. Prakash Sharan Mahat and MCC Vice President for Compact Operations Cameron Alford exchanged the Nepal Compact Entry into Force (EIF) Letter in front of key stakeholders at a meeting held at the Ministry of Finance.

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EIF is an important milestone for MCC compacts as it marks the completion of the necessary conditions and preparations to ensure the successful completion of compact projects within a five-year timeframe.

“We are happy to mark this milestone to implement the Electricity Transmission Project – a designated National Pride Project – and the Road Maintenance Project, which will invest in Nepal’s strategic road network”, remarked Dr. Mahat on the occasion. He expressed his belief that the MCC Nepal Compact with projects that will support Nepal’s growth will benefit the people of Nepal from better roads and more reliable electricity.

“The U.S. and Nepal have shared a strong friendship for more than 75 years, and an exciting milestone in our friendship is the MCC-Nepal Compact, which will boost the prosperity of Nepal for the long term, provide good jobs, and improve access to electricity and transportation for Nepalis. We are glad to be here today for this important milestone and look forward to seeing the incredible impact the

Compact will have in advancing economic growth in Nepal,”said U.S. Ambassador Dean Thompson addressing the ceremony.

“This is an exciting moment for the MCC-Nepal partnership,” MCC VP Alford said. “MCC is proud to work alongside our Nepali partners to invest in Nepal’s greatest asset, its people. Together, we will advance economic growth by creating business opportunities for Nepalis, improving road maintenance on the strategic road network, and finding innovative ways to improve the reliability of electricity all while protecting the environment.”

Khadga Bahadur Bisht, Executive Director at MCA-Nepal, highlighted the implementing entity of the program. “We are looking forward to complete the projects successfully within the set budget and time frame as per the direction from the Government of Nepal and with MCC's cooperation,” said Bisht.

The Nepal Government and MCC signed the MCC Nepal Compact on 14 September 2017 for two projects, the Electricity Transmission Project and the Road Maintenance Project, which will work to increase the reliability of electricity and lower the cost of transportation in Nepal.

The program is co-funded by the US Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact grant of USD 500 million and the GoN’s contribution of USD 197 million.

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