Senior Vice President of FNCCI Dhakal demands to issue British visa from Kathmandu

14th Sep, 2021 | Tourism Mail Crew

KATHMANDU, Sep 14: Chandra Prasad Dhakal, Senior Vice-President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI), said that Nepal-UK economic relations could not be expanded due to visa problems.

Addressing a virtual interaction on UK visas and immigration organized by the Federation in collaboration with the Department of International Trade and Visas and Immigration at the British Embassy in Kathmandu on Tuesday, Senior Vice President Dhakal stressed on the need to provide UK visas to the private sector from the British Embassy in Kathmandu.

British visas are not currently available directly from Nepal, which is why visa applicants here are facing many difficulties and problems, said Senior Vice President Dhakal. Despite the long history of economic relations between Nepal and the United Kingdom, the current state of bilateral trade and investment is not encouraging, said Senior Vice President Dhakal. 

He says both Nepal and the United Kingdom have failed to realize their full potential. On the occasion, Dhakal presented the data of the Trade and Export Promotion Center and said that the share of Nepal's exports to the UK was only 1.7 percent and the share of the United Kingdom in imports was only 0.16 percent.

He is confident that the two-century-old bilateral relationship between Nepal and the United Kingdom can now be taken to new heights through the private sector. Reminding that there is a strong economic and trade relationship between Nepal and the UK through private sector cooperation, he informed that Nepal (UK Chamber of Commerce and Industry) along with the Federation is working for this.