USAID marks 56th year of operation in Nepal

Kathmandu, June 5:

The US Agency for International Development in Nepal today celebrated its 56 years of operations here.

Addressing a function, US Ambassador James F Moriarty said USAID is helping ensure that the roots of democracy in Nepal are strong and deep.

“We are very hopeful that the current political climate will allow more Nepalis to take advantage of USAID programmes, so that they may benefit and be empowered to improve their own lives,” he said. “USAID also supports the peace process in Nepal through its conflict mitigation and peace-building programmes. USAID partners provide psycho-social counselling of children affected by conflict,” he said, adding that the USAID will also focus on vocational skill development.

The USAID Nepal director Don Clark thanked its partners and said USAID’s partnership with the government and the people that have led to some remarkable development achievements since the 1950s.

Moriarty also test-drove a Nepal-made electric three-wheeler on the occasion.

Although he found it very difficult to adjust himself at the driver’s seat, after the ride Moriarty said: “I did it. And it was an interesting experience.” The USAID has supported the research and development of the vehicle.