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National Day of Nepal 

25 October 2017

H.E. Amrit Bahadur Rai, Ambassador of Nepal to South Africa hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day of Nepal on 30 September 2017. Ambassador Rai is pictured with SA Minister for Transport, Mr Mkhacani Joseph Maswanganyi.

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. She has remained always an independent country. The exquisite beauty of nature is crowned with the 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. Capital city of Kathmandu preserves 7 world heritage sites, the densest presence of UNESCO world heritage site in the world.  The most popular travel guide book such as 'Lonely Planet' and ‘Rough Guides’ have placed Nepal among the top 10 countries that one should visit in lifetime.

Speech by H.E. Amrit Bahadur Rai, Ambassador of Nepal to South Africa at the celebration of the National Day of Nepal
20 September 2017
Pretoria, South Africa

It is my honour and privilege to extend a warm welcome to all of you on this auspicious occasion of the National Day of Nepal. At the outset, let me express our sincere gratitude to you all for honouring us with your valuable presence. 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 very day, the 20th of September, as the National Day of Nepal to signify the importance of the adoption of the constitution. It was the day on which Nepal unfolded a new chapter of history by adopting the fundamental document for governance that infused the hope of lasting peace and sustained prosperity in the heart and mind of the people of Nepal.  
   
The promulgation of the new constitution drafted by the elected Constituent Assembly was yet another manifestation of Nepal's successful transformation from a decade-long armed conflict to inclusive democracy by transforming the sword into ploughshare.  The new constitution has transformed the country from centralized unitary system to federal dispensation by embracing the values of multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-religious, and multi-cultural characteristics of the country. It has embraced all the essential features of democratic and inclusive governance and envisioned for harmonious and prosperous society based on the cardinal principle of unity in diversity. Importantly, the constitution has envisioned inclusive society through the principle of proportional inclusion of all segments of Nepali society into every step of governance structure. We are fully cognizant of the uphill task ahead of us. They are daunting but we would rise to the occasion by implementing newly adopted constitution.
After the spate of many troubled years of conflict aggravated by devastating earthquake and recent floods, our people deserve peaceful and prosperous life. The people have elected their local representatives as the elections for local level government have just been completed. The elections for provincial and central-level parliament will be taking place in two phases in November and December this year.

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
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. She has remained always an independent country. The exquisite beauty of nature is crowned with the 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. Capital city of Kathmandu preserves 7 world heritage sites, the densest presence of UNESCO world heritage site in the world.  The most popular travel guide book such as 'Lonely Planet' and ‘Rough Guides’ have placed Nepal among the top 10 countries that one should visit in lifetime.

With the adoption of new constitution and its effective implementation, Nepal has put all its efforts towards accelerated economic development. The government has just organized investment conference where US$ 14 billion investment has been pledged by investors. Nepal is making every possible effort to catch up with the pace of other fast-growing Asian economies. It is ranked 2nd easiest place to do business in South Asia by Doing Business Report 2017. We are resolute to do more to make our country a better place for doing business and unleash the potential of our people.  

Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
Nepal and South Africa enjoy an excellent state of relationship. We share similar views at the United Nations, Non-aligned Movement and other multilateral forums for promoting peace and ensuring prosperity to all around the world. As a small yet responsible member of the international community, Nepal had played her role for the freedom of South Africa by serving as a member of the United Nations Special Committee against Apartheid from its inception in 1962 and as Vice-Chair for 25 years, starting in 1969 until the Committee was disbanded in 1994.

Nepal has been contributing to the promotion of peace and stability in the African continent by providing troops in all UN peacekeeping missions in Africa being the sixth largest troop contributing country at the United Nations.

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 and visa waiver for official and diplomats are being finalized to sign on soon. These developments manifest that our relation is being evolved from strength to strength.

Exchange of visits at different levels have also played a role for the strengthening of Nepal-South Africa relations. In August 2015, Deputy Minister of DIRCO Honourable Nomaindiya Mfeketo visited Nepal as a renewed commitment by the South African Government towards enhancing bilateral relations between two countries. We have agreed to continue the exchange of high-level visits in view of our growing relations. There is great potential in expanding and deepening our bilateral relations particularly in the areas of trade, investment, tourism, culture and people to people relations.

Embassy of Nepal in South Africa

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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