Kathmandu, Sept. 27: Vice-President Parmanand Jha returned home on Saturday night after completing a five-day visit to People’s Republic of China at the invitation of the Chinese Government from 22 to 26 September. He was leading a nine-member delegation from Nepal to take part in the 6th Euro-Asia Economic Forum 2015 at Xi’an city of Shaanxi Province of China.
The Forum was attended by both the Governments and the private sectors of Asian and European countries to discuss a range of issues of common interests of the region in separate thematic groups.
Launched in China in 2005, the Forum was jointly organized by the Government of China and Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
Other leaders who were also present on the occasion included the Prime Minister of Armenia and the Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia and State and Provincial leaders of China. Nepal, together with Cambodia and Armenia, have been approved as dialogue partners by the 2015 SCO Summit held in Ufa, the Russian Federation, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Addressing the gathering, Vice-President Jha underscored that this Forum has forged a bridge between Europe and Asia, creating a wider array of opportunities for further cooperation. He viewed that countries’ progress within a region has become inconceivable without regional cooperation in the contemporary world of interdependence.
He also stressed on the need to work together to pursue our common goal of creating a better world where peace and stability prevail, and economy and human security prosper.
The Vice President also spoke about the various aspects of Nepal-China relations and thanked the Government and people of China for the cooperation and solidarity they extended to the Government and people of Nepal following the devastating earthquake of 25 April 2015.
The Vice President stressed the one-belt one-road initiatives stating that it was a revival of traditional silk-road to link Asia and Europe emphasizing that Nepal has already agreed to be a part of it.
Following the opening ceremony, the Vice President was paid a courtesy call by State Councilor of the People’s Republic of China Wang Yong on the sidelines of Forum’s meeting. The two leaders discussed matters of mutual interests of Nepal and China during the meeting. The two sides agreed that the existing friendship, exchanges of visits and cooperation between Nepal and China should continue in future for the best interest of the people of both the countries.
Earlier in the morning, Vice President Jha visited the Shaanxi Medical University at Xi’an, interacted with some Nepalese students and unveiled the plaque of China-Nepal Friendship Medical Research Centre of Prof. Rajiv Kumar Jha, a renowned research scholar from Nepal.
Similarly, Acting Governor of Shaanxi Provincial Government called on the Vice President in the afternoon of 24 September 2015 at the Shaanxi State Guest House.
The Vice President left for Shenzhen city of Guangdong Province on 24 September 2015 on his way back to Nepal. During the sojourn in Shenzhen, the visit of Mindray, a company specialized in producing medical equipment was impressive and it has also helped with its expertise to Nepal. The delegation was also taken to visit Shenzhen museum.
Later, in the afternoon, the Vice President left Shenzhen for Guangzhou by car-cade and he was received in Guangzhou, the Provincial capital of Guangdong, by Zhao Yufang, Vice Governor of Guangdong Province. Matters of mutual interests and cooperation emphasizing on bilateral trade, tourism and investment promotion were discussed during the meeting.
Vice President Jha also met the representatives of Nepali community (NRNA, China and some students) living in Guangzhou in the evening of 25 September 2015. In Guangzhou, Pearl River cruising, visit of the Canton Tower, Chen Clan Academy, Lychee Bay and Guangdong Museum were some of the observations of popular landmarks there.