KATHMANDU: The UK Minister for International Development, Desmond Swayne, is scheduled to arrive in the Capital for a two-day official visit on Thursday, the British Embassy in Kathmandu said.
This is his second visit to Nepal. He had previously visited in February 2015.
He is currently on his official visit to South Asian countries.
Swayne would fly from India to Nepal tomorrow. He took part in the official launch of “Celebrating Partnerships-UK in Odisha” in Bhubaneshwar today and visited Kolakata of West Bengal yesterday. Earlier, he visited Dhaka of Bangladesh also.
During his stay in Nepal, according to the Embassy, Minister Swayne would examine some of DFID’s work in the area of disaster preparedness, including the Humanitarian Goods depot at the airport and the site of emergency supplies which were placed in various locations throughout the Kathmandu Valley for use in case of an earthquake or other humanitarian crisis.
He is scheduled to meet senior government officials and discuss issues related to the post-earthquake reconstruction and how DFID programmes can continue to support the government and development of Nepal.
Swayne would also visit an earthquake hit area and meet with the community, people from NGOs and UN partners who have been working closely with DFID Nepal to deliver vital humanitarian assistance, the Embassy said in a statement.
Currently, the UK aid support to Humanitarian Assistance stands at £70m.