H.E. Ms. Prativa RANA
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Japan
I arrived in Tokyo to assume my ambassadorial duties in May 2017. After my arrival, I immediately noticed that Japanese people are courteous, friendly, and cooperative with great affection attached to Nepal and its people.
Nepal and Japan have been enjoying bilateral relations since 1956 and Japan is a longstanding, trustworthy friend of Nepal. Japan has been a major donor country for the socio-economic development of Nepal. We share common history, culture and religion, Buddhism being one of the strong ties bonding both countries as Lord Buddha was born in Nepal.
After a long political transition, Nepal promulgated the New Constitution in 2015 and in accordance with this constitution, local level elections were successfully held recently with a wide participation and the provincial and central elections are scheduled for November 26th and December 7th of this year.
Nepal has now entered the phase of economic development along with infrastructure expansion and the government has introduced foreign investment friendly policies with various incentives. Given its location in between China and India, investment in Nepal will provide opportunities to explore other Asian markets as well. Both of these neighboring countries have excellent relations with Nepal and provide duty-free access to their market for Nepalese products. I would thus like to seize this opportunity to encourage all readers to consider investing in Nepal.
Nepal is a naturally beautiful country with tall Himalayan range and its spectacular geographical structures have attracted people from all over the world. Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha has also served as a huge attraction to thousands of tourists from various countries especially Japan.
The highest peak of the world, Mount Everest and the alluring range of Himalayan has welcomed countless mountain climbers and trekking lovers. Fauna, flora and a wide variety of bird species, to name a few are other aspects that showcase the beauty of the country. There are also many UNESCO recognized heritage sites that await your exploration.
I would like to invite all readers of this magazine to visit Nepal, a peaceful country and the most attractive destination in the world and a place to experience.
For more information about Nepal, please visit the official website: www.nepalembassyjapan.org.