Kathmandu, Aug. 17: The government has expedited the preparations for organizing the 18th SAARC Summit on November 26-27 in Kathmandu.
A nine-member National Main Committee has been formed under chair of Prime Minister Sushil Koirala for preparations and management of the SAARC Summit.
Likewise, the government has formed thematic committees and other sub-committees as well as the national advisory committee for the 18th SAACR Summit.
The National Main Committee would prepare the policy on 18th SAARC Summit and shall direct the thematic committees and sub-committees for the implementation of the workplan as well as supervise and review the progress performed by the thematic committees and sub-committees.
Deputy Prime Minister duo Bamdev Gautam and Prakash Man Singh, Finance Minister Dr Ram Sharan Mahat, Physical Infrastructure and Transport Bimalendra Nidhi, Minister for Information and Communications Dr Minendra Rijal, Urban Development Minister Dr Narayan Khadka, Foreign Affairs Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and Chief Secretary Leelamani Poudyal are the members in the National Main Committee.
Likewise, the government has formed a 27-member SAARC Summit Preparation and Coordination Committee comprising secretaries of all ministries, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Nepal Police and Chief of the Armed Police Force under the chair of Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey.
Similarly, a 10-member Security and Transport Management Committee has been formed led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Gautam.
The Security and Transport Management Committee shall prepare a work plan for the security of all head of states and head of governments present in the 18th SAARC Summit. The Committee has been given the entire responsibility of security provision for the head of the state sand head of the government in the 18th SAARC Summit.
Furthermore, a 10-member Media Management and Publicity Committee has been formed led by Minister for Information and Communications Dr Rijal.
Secretary at the Ministry of Information and Communications Suman Prasad Sharma, Spokesperson at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Khaganath Adhikari, Director General of Information Department, Chairman of Nepal Telecommunications Authority, Executive Director of Radio Nepal, Chairman of Gorkhapatra Corporation, General Manager of Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS) and President of Federation of Nepali Journalists (FNJ) have been named as the members of Committee.
Likewise, a 14-member Physical Infrastructure Management Committee has been formed under the leadership of Minister for Physical Infrastructure and Transport for maintenance and repair of roads, conference hall and to carry out other works related to the physical infrastructure.
Similarly, the government has formed a 17-Member Cleanliness and Town Decoration Committee under led by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Federal Affairs and Local Development Prakashman Singh.
All local bodies of Kathmandu valley and Nepal Tourism Board, Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), Hotel Association of Nepal and others are the member in the Committee.
Likewise, the National Advisor Committee formed under the coordination of former Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Bhesh Bahadur Thapa has already prepared the contents to be included in the SAAC declarations and others.
Talking briefly to RSS, Acting Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi said that the entire preparations for the 18th SAARC Summit were satisfactory.
He also expressed his confidence that all the expected works would be completed on time as the entire state mechanisms were working round the clock to complete the works.