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Nepal National Day

28 September 2018

Ambassador Amrit Bahadur Rai of Nepal to South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day of Nepal in Pretoria, SA.

Photo: Ambassador Rai and Mrs Rai are pictured with Mr. Joy Rathebe, Deputy Director General, Office of the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa

Nepal is one of the oldest nation states in South Asia founded in 1768 as the 22nd state among the global community of nation-states. Nepal has always remained an independent country.

On the 20th of September in 2015, the Constituent Assembly of Nepal promulgated the new constitution as the successful conclusion of the peace process that was started in 2006. The Government of Nepal decided to commemorate the 20th of September, as the National Day of Nepal to signify the importance of the adoption of the constitution.

Nepal's exquisite beauty is crowned with Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. It is a cradle of great sages and saints where Lord Buddha, an apostle of peace and compassion, was born and many great sages of Hinduism had meditated in the serene and sublime cave of Himalayas and realized their divine enlightenment.

Speech by H.E. Amrit Bahadur Rai, Ambassador of Nepal to South Africa at the celebration of the National Day of Nepal
20 September 2018
Pretoria, South Africa

Nepal is one of the oldest nation states not only in South Asia but also in the whole world as it was founded in 1768 as the 22nd independent nation state in the community of nations. It had defended its independence with fabled bravery of her people at the time while the entire South Asian sub-continent had fallen under colonial subjugation. So, this national day is not about independence; it is about the Constitution, the fundamental law of the country. And this national day has recent provenance.  Allow me to brief you how this national day has started. On the 20th of September in 2015, the Constituent Assembly of Nepal promulgated the new constitution as the successful conclusion of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that was signed in 2006. The Government of Nepal decided to commemorate the very day, the 20th of September, as the National Day of Nepal to signify the importance of the adoption of the constitution. The day on which Nepal unfolded a new chapter of history. The Constitution, being the fundamental document for governance, has permeated the hope of lasting peace and sustained prosperity in the heart and mind of the people of Nepal.  
   
The adoption of the new constitution was a product of a long political negations and compromise among various political forces in the aftermath of abolition of 240 year-long monarchical system.  The Constitution has transformed the country from the centralized unitary system to federal dispensation.  It has embraced the values of multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural society. It has enshrined all the essential features of democratic and inclusive governance. With the adoption of the Constitution written by the elected representative of the people, Nepal has settled the chapter of political transformation.  And it has given the example how the sword can be turned into ploughshare by transforming the thousands of rebel forces into peaceful civilian lives.

The Central, provincial and local governments are in place after the election conducted last year as per the new political dispensation devised by the constitution. The country now is poised for accelerated economic development. The government has launched a massive development effort under a vision of 'Prosperous Nepal, Happy Nepali'. Nepal is making every possible effort to march ahead in tandem with other fast-growing Asian economies. A comprehensive reform process had already been initiated to make Nepal an attractive place for investment and business.  

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Nepal is a land of sublime wonders of nature. Among the 14 peaks over 8000 meter around the world, Nepal alone has eight including Mount Everest, the highest peak in the world. Not only nature but a unique culture of the country is teemed with the legacy of more than five millenniums' human history, where the Lord Buddha, an apostle of peace and compassion, was born. So, I invite you to come to Nepal and have a lifetime experience of the feelings of vibes emanated from the divine union of nature and culture so rarely exist in this planet earth.

In the foreign front, Nepal has been fulfilling its responsibility towards maintaining international peace and security through participation in UN Peacekeeping missions since its membership of the United Nations in 1955. Nepal currently participates in all UN peacekeeping missions in African continent. As a troop contributing country, Nepal ranks sixth. We have served twice as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. Nepal has recently hosted the summit of a regional organization Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation known as (BIMSTEC). And it hosts the Secretariat of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.  

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Nepal and South Africa enjoy an excellent state of relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 28 July 1994.  At this moment, I take the pleasure to recall the role that Nepal had played for the abolition of Apartheid system in South Africa by serving as a member of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid from its inception in 1962 and as Vice-Chair of the Committee for 25 years, starting in 1969 until the Committee was disbanded in 1994.

It is a matter of satisfaction that our interactions in terms of trade and tourism is growing steadily year after year. Agreement on the establishment of bilateral consultative mechanism has been finalized. These developments manifest that our relation is being evolved from strength to strength. We are confident that our relations will keep expanding and deepening particularly in the areas of trade, investment, tourism, culture and people to people relations.
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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