KATHMANDU: Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Prakash Sharan Mahat has said that the Non-Resident Nepalis are the human capital for Nepal for the development and prosperity to their home country.

Addressing the 5th Non-Resident Nepali Association (NRNA)'s Asia Pacific Region's meeting in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur today, Minister Mahat argued , "The skill, technology and capital of the NRNs spread across the globe could be a huge asset for Nepal to usher her into the path of development and prosperity."

Stating that tens of thousands Nepalis were forced to seek greener pasture due to political instability, conflict and various other reasons back home, Minister Mahat said the NRNs across the globe to acknowledge the contributions of their motherland to their accomplishments and contribute for the betterment in their motherland.

Mahat expressed his confidence that the upcoming local level election would help elect people's representatives in the local structure and would pave the path for the implementation of the new constitution.

Furthermore, the Minister drew the attention of the NRNs to consider investment in various sectors in Nepal, assuring them that the country was about to make a headway for stability and development. "I urged the NRNs for the investment in hydro electricity project and service-oriented sectors."

He was of the opinion that the NRNA, as a platform to facilitate for the economic development activities and exchange of knowledge and skills, would support the national cause of development of their motherland.

He further said the government is effortful to protect and promote the rights of the huge numbers of Nepali migrant workers abroad, especially in the Gulf countries.

Altogether 200 attendees from various 15 Asia-Pacific countries including Nepali entrepreneurs are taking part in the meeting besides representatives of the various NRNA chapters.