Energy, tourism conveyors of Nepal's development: Austrian Minister


Kathmandu, Feb. 23: Minister for Foreign Affairs of Austria, Dr Karin Kneissl, has viewed that hydroelectricity could be the major means for Nepal's economic progress.
The Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria, who is currently on an official visit to Nepal, was speaking in a programme entitled 'Six Decades of Nepal-Austria Partnership: Energy, Regional and International Trend' organised by the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) here on Friday.
On the occasion, the Austrian Minister suggested that it would be helpful to move ahead on the path of economic prosperity through energy production and tourism development.
Referring to the consensus and conflict among the nations over natural resources and their use in the contemporary world, she said these very mineral resources were the pressing issues in the conduct of international relations.
"Not only in West Asia, Ukraine and Russia, the issue that has emerged of late in Venezuela is also to do with control over natural resources," the Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs observed.
She stressed that the climate change and its effects, conservation of the Hindukush Himalaya region and the contents presented by International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) for implementation were some of the issues that should not be neglected.
Joint secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ghanashyam Bhandari spoke on various dimensions of the Nepal-Austria relations.
Officiating executive director of the IFA, Indra Adhikari, had introduced the visiting Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs and mentioned about her multi-dimensional personality.  RSS

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