Press Release of Interaction Pgme on ‘OBOR & Nepal’s Development Prospects’
On 07th March 2018 in an interaction programme held at Hotel Shangri La eminent scholars , intellectuals ,economists, academia, diplomatic and security experts including the senior media persons shared their valuable opinions throwing lights on the requirement of an audacious economic approach to realize the positive advantage of Belt and Road initiative ( BRI ) of China in the our national development thoughts.
Many intellectuals including the diplomatic acumen viewed Nepals engagements in BRI would create impetus for diverse economic opportunities, such as investments, fostering trade and commerce, technology advancements, creation of a significant value chain and more significantly for our growth strategy in socio-economic and political/diplomatic sphere. The experts shared their views on the specific potential areas of connectivity, investments, trade and commerce activities under the BRI including livelihood diversification, climate change and its impact on environment. They also stressed upon the importance of planning and policy coordination at the governmental level and move the process ahead.
Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies ( NISS )had organized a One Day Interaction Programme on One Belt One Road (OBOR ) and Nepals Development Prospects in the background of Nepals signing of the agreement with China in Kathmandu in May , 2017 , however, its application was not much visible for the public as compared to other South Asian countries. The Chairman of NISS, Lt Gen Vivek K Shah ( Retd ) , during his welcome remark threw light on the importance of connectivity , infrastructure development and viewed the initiative would be a game changer in our undertaking.
March 07, 2018
Press Release of Interaction Programme on “Doklam Standoff and Nepal”
Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies (NISS) organized a half day Interaction Programme on “Doklam Standoff and Nepal” on Monday, 21 Aug 2017 at Hotel Shangri-La where renowned scholars, professors, intellectuals, former bureaucrats, security experts and senior media personalities took part.
The programme was so designed that every individual could candidly express his/her valuable opinion on the issue. Many of the round-table discussants viewed that such stand-off of more than nine weeks now was harming and opined that if this matter is left unresolved between China and India it can damage the emerging politics of development and cooperation opportunities affecting the region and the neighbors. The analytic discussion comprised of the critical rationale of Bhutan – China diplomatic relationship that could ease their border issue, both for the present and future, as Bhutan and China share around 470 KM of common border. Participants also discussed the indulgence of third party in the scene. Many scholars suggested that as Nepal has been playing a key role in International Peacekeeping, she could also act as a lynch pin for a peaceful dialogue between China, India and Bhutan.
NISS views that China and India must not allow differences to become disputes and is hopeful that the current dispute will be resolved with diplomatic means. In the context of regionalism intertwined with globalization, the peace and stability must be the priority of all, and as far as Nepal is concerned in this dynamic geopolitical setting, she should be diplomatically neutral and be able to make an environment where the small, weak and affected nations actually receive greater and sincere help and friendship.
NISS sincerely thanks all the esteemed intellectuals for their outstanding views that were presented during the discussions.
Aug 21, 2017
08 Jun 2017: Steering Committee Meeting Today at 1500 hrs.
08 Dec 2016: Steering Committee Meeting Today at 1500 hrs.
NISS congratulates Dr. Indra Adhikari for her appointment as Deputy Executive Director of Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) and wishes her the best.
NISS extends our best wishes to Brig. Gen. Keshar Bahadur Bhandari (Retd) for his academic tour to Thailand.
PRESS RELEASE On “OBOR”
China Study Center Nepal and Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies jointly organized a seminar on “One Belt One Road (OBOR ) Initiative and South Asia” with special reference to political, economic and security dimensions in Kathmandu on 28th of April, 2017. Based on the papers presented and comments and observations made during the proceedings in the seminar, the participants of the seminar have come to the following consensus:
China Study Center Nepal and Nepal Institute for Strategic Studies
28 Apr 2017