Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 19:

Nepal Expo-2005, jointly organised by Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC), Salt Trading

Ltd (STL) and Nepal Pavilion Company (NPC), in Doha, the capital city of Qatar ended successfully. During the expo, investors showed keen interest to invest in various sectors in Nepal for which necessary initiatives need to be taken by both the countries, states a press release issued here today by NCC. NCC has further claimed that the expo inaugurated by King has been a great success as Nepali products — during the four-day long fair from June 14-17 — were promoted. “The major objective of the participating at Doha expo was to promote Nepali market for long-term trade relations between the two countries, states the NCC release. On the sidelines of the fair, various programmes such as Nepali Food Festival and cultural programmes were also held.

Gold and silver products, bamboo products, wood-carving, stone carving, Nepali handmade papers, pashmina and Nepali teliya bricks were displayed at the expo. “Moreover, an agreement has been reached for increasing employment opportunities for Nepali workers in Qatar,” states the release. “Tea and vegetable, fruits, agro-products and other exportable items were also displayed at the fair. Parmeshwor Mahaseth, general manger of STL talking to The Himalayan Times said that the initiative taken by STL was a great success as the event helped to explore market. “Our step will ultimately pay in the long run,” he said. Visitors

liked Nepali carpets most and a delegation of Qatari importers is scheduled to visit Nepal, which is a great success on our part to promote our currently slowing market, says NCC statement. Nepali workers and exhibitors hoped that such event would be continued in the

days ahead to boost bilateral trade and promote exportable products. On the fourth day of the expo, officials of Qatar ministry of commerce visited Nepali stalls. On the sidelines, Nepali and Qatari businessmen held discussion to boost investment in agriculture, education, healthy and water resources.