239 delegates from 53 countries, agencies taking part in Nepal donors' conference

KATHMANDU: As many as 239 delegates from 53 countries and multilateral agencies have confirmed their participation in the International Conference on Nepal's Reconstruction, scheduled for Thursday, June 25, in Kathmandu, the government said on Tuesday.

Organising a press conference here in the Capital, the government briefed the media about the preparations of ICNR-2015. Minister for Finance Dr Ram Sharan Mahat and Minister for Foreign Affairs Mahendra Bahadur Pandey were present on the occasion. Theme of the conference is "Towards a Resilient Nepal".

A secretariat has been set up at the Ministry of Finance to oversee the preparations, it was informed in the press conference.

Though a total of 70 countries and multilateral agencies were invited to take part in the conference, only 53--19 multilateral agencies, 30 countries and four agencies USAID, JICA, DFID and IFRC-- have confirmed their participation so far.

Among the participants are ministers from seven countries including foreign ministers of India, China and Norway, finance ministers of Bhutan and Bangladesh, disaster management minister of Sri Lanka and state minister for foreign minister of Japan.

 Objectives of International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction

  • Appraise friendly countries and development partners of the socio-economic situation in Nepal in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and share international best practices and experiences on institutional arrangements that lead to effective, transparent and accountable execution of reconstruction programs.
  • Disseminate the findings of the Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA).
  • Update the Government’s policies and institutional mechanism for post earthquake reconstruction and new construction
  • Seek technical and financial support for reconstruction and rally the support and solidarity of all friends and partners for a resilient recovery of Nepal and its people.