Switzerland provides Rs. 1.39 billion assistance to Nepal

Kathmandu, July 5: The Government of Switzerland has agreed to provide 13.89 million Swiss Franc (equivalent to Rs. 1.39 billion) to the Government of Nepal.

Out of the total assistance, Rs. 440 million will be used for the implementation of Strengthening the Accountability of Local Governments (SALG) project and Rs. 800.46 million for Safer Migration Project ((SaMi)-Phase II, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance here today.

The two separate agreements to this effect were signed and exchanged between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Switzerland at a programme organised at the Ministry of Finance, Kathmandu, today.

The objective of strengthening the accountability of Local Governments project is to help benefitting from a state that is responsive to the demands of disadvantaged groups, and provide more effective and inclusive public services at the local level in the project districts.

The project is intended to be complimentary to and closely aligned with Local Governance and Community Development Programme, LGCDP II phase.

Initially, the project will be implemented is seven districts of eastern and western Nepal—Khotang, Okhaldhunga, Ramechhap, Dailekh, Kalikot, Achham and Jajarkot.

Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development is the executing agency of the four-year project to be implemented from 16 July 2013.

Similarly, the objective of the Safer Migration project (Phase II) is to contribute to safer and more beneficial migration for men and women of Nepal. It

supports to reduce the social and economic costs of foreign employment and increase its benefit and enhance effective implementation of the Foreign Employment Policy 2012.

The project will cover the potential migrants, in-service migrant and returnees to/from the Middle East, Malaysia and other labour destinations and the families of current and returnee migrants from 19 districts including Kailali, Nawalparasi, Dhading, Sarlahi, Udayapur, Saptari, Dang, Nuwakot, Ramechhap, Sindhuli, Siraha, Mahottari, Jhapa and Kathmandu.

After the completion of this project, people are expected to have easy access to information to foreign employment and its opportunities. The Ministry of Labour and Employment is the executing agency of the four-year project.

The agreement was signed by Joint-secretary and Chief of International Economic Cooperation coordination Division at Ministry of Finance, Madhu Kumar Marasini, and Swiss Ambassador to Nepal Thomas Gass.

On the occasion, Ambassador Gass said that the Government of Switzerland is committed to assisting on overall development of Nepal including in socio-economic as well as other projects.

Similarly, Joint-secretary Marasini thanked the Swiss Government for its continuous support for poverty minimization of Nepal. RSS

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