The Republic of Korea (RoK) has made significant progress in the last fifty years since the establishment of diplomatic relations. Nepal has also benefited from Korean economic prosperity. Korean companies have invested heavily in Nepal, and they have provided employment to a large number of unskilled Nepali workers through the EPS program. Korea is now the fourth-largest foreign investor in Nepal. Nepal and Korea, although geographically distant, share many historical and cultural similarities. Every year, 30,000 Koreans visit Nepal for trekking in the Himalayas and pilgrimage to Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. Additionally, many young Nepalese people are learning Taekwondo and enjoying K-Pop. Nepal-Korea relations are deepening further.
By Keshab Poudel Feb 15, 2024
Helvetas Nepal’s InElam Project has successfully positioned itself as a model for converting subsistence-based agriculture into a profitable enterprise through banana cultivation. This achievement has been made possible through close collaboration with the local government, provincial governments, the private sector, and the youth. By providing assistance to young individuals in the field of banana production, the InElam project has effectively transformed Sudur Paschim, Lumbini and Karnali Province into thriving banana hubs. As a result, young farmers have transitioned from substance farming to cultivating a lucrative cash crop.
By Keshab Poudel Feb 13, 2024
Funded by the European Union and led by Helvetas-Nepal in a consortium with two local NGOs, Promotion of Youth Empowerment in Local Governance Process (PROYEL) supported Bheri Municipality. The Youth Panel (YP) members of Bheri Municipality, formed by PROYEL, demonstrated the importance of youth involvement in effectively carrying out rescue and relief operations in disaster.
By Keshab Poudel Feb 02, 2024
In order to reach its goal of having no emissions by 2045, Nepal is working toward energy self-sufficiency. It is noteworthy that the Asian Development Bank is supporting the 144 MW Tanahu Hydropower project, which is the second storage-type project after Kulekhani. Despite being nearly two years behind schedule due to setbacks including contractor termination, COVID-19, and new contractor selection, the Tanahu Hydropower Project (THP) is moving forward. The project is expected to start generating by 2027 at the present rate of progress; the river was redirected in September 2023. The project will guarantee a consistent supply of electricity and is located near to the load center. A one-year extension has been requested by the civil work contractor.
By Keshab Poudel Jan 29, 2024
At a time when Nepal's import of agricultural products has increased drastically and surpassed the total value of Nepal's exports, senior officials, technicians, entrepreneurs, farmers and concerned stakeholders representing the agricultural sector from Sudur Pashim, Karnali and Lumbini Provinces recently gathered in a workshop agreed to work together to increase production for the first time in eight years. Organized jointly by Helvetas Nepal's InElam project and the Ministry of Land Management, Agriculture and Cooperatives of Sudur Paschim Province, the Inter-Provincial Coordination and Learning Exchange Workshop provided an opportunity to share practices and learning.
By Keshab Poudel Jan 18, 2024
The industrial sector in western Nepal has undergone significant transformation with the opening of the Kushma-New Butwal 220 kV Transmission Line project and the completion of the Kaligandaki Corridor (Dana-Kusma-New Butwal 220 kV Transmission Line project). The Rupandehi, Kapilvastu, and Nawalparasi districts can now rely on a dependable, high-quality, and ecologically friendly energy system. The transmission and distribution systems recently completed as part of the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation Power System Expansion Project (SASEC) by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have significantly increased the capacity of the region's power infrastructure in evacuating the electricity generated in Kaligandaki and other river basin and providing relief to industrialists.
By Keshab Poudel Dec 14, 2023
In collaboration with Kshireshwornath Municipality, Helvetas Nepal has had dedicated initiatives focused on uplifting the Musahar community in the municipality. These efforts primarily target livelihood empowerment and income generation, aiming to mitigate longstanding socio-economic disparities and foster sustainable development. During this course of work, a significant hurdle was realized- that a crucial foundation for sustainable development was lacking among legitimate Nepali citizens – the absence of citizenship certificates. Helvetas Nepal primarily served as a facilitator in this scenario, aiming to bridge their humanitarian assistance during the Covid pandemic with long-term development goals.
By Keshab Poudel Dec 06, 2023
Nepal and the United Kingdom joined hands to commemorate the centenary of the Nepal-UK Friendship Treaty of 1923. The grand celebration took place at the Basantapur Palace, signifying a momentous milestone in the long-lasting bond between the two nations ‘
By Keshab Poudel Nov 29, 2023
COP 28’s negotiations on the potential integration of Voluntary Carbon Market (VCM) and compliance markets are crucial issue for Nepal. It will determine how VCM industry guidelines and the results of Article 6.4 negotiations in Dubai interact with each other
By Keshab Poudel Nov 28, 2023
For seven consecutive years, Nepali citizens have not had to call upon Laxmi, the goddess of light, prosperity, and happiness, during dark nights of load shedding. This change is credited to Kul Man Ghising, the Managing Director of the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). Backed by Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda and Energy Minister Janardan Sharma Prabhakar, as well as Anup Kumar Upadhyaya, secretary, and Chairperson of NEA, MD Ghising made a landmark decision to end a decade-long era of prolonged power outages on October 30, 2016, coinciding with the festival of Laxmipuja.
By Keshab Poudel Nov 13, 2023
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is the first prominent figure to advocate for Nepal to the global community, despite multiple visits by international leaders in the past. Out of all the United Nations Secretary Generals who have visited Nepal, Secretary General Guterres is the first to prioritize the country with an extensive visit, ensuring support in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). With the institutional support of Nepal's Ministry of Foreign Affairs' political and bureaucratic leadership of Minister NP Saud and secretary Bharat Raj Paudyal, Nepal has accomplished various milestones that have amplified the country's voice during this visit by a high-level delegation.
By Keshab Poudel Nov 08, 2023