Nepalese community mark constitution day


Saudi Gazette

— Two years have passed since Nepal promulgated its new constitution with spirit of democracy.

To mark the second anniversary of the historic event of their country, which is known as Asoj — its national day — and also as constitution day to commemorate the promulgation of the Nepal Constitution, a special ceremony was held by Nepalese missions on Tuesday.

In Riyadh, the event was held earlier on Monday in the Nepalese Embassy. Ambassador Prof. Mahindra Prasad Singh Rajput welcomed the guests and emphasized upon the importance of commemorating the constitution day.

Ambassador Rajput welcomed the guests and talked about the importance commemorating constitution day.

Sheri Bin Showami Bin Fowaiz, general supervisor of Riyadh Governorate, attended the event as chief guest, which was also attended by diplomatic community in Riyadh.

In Jeddah, the event was attended by Saudi Foreign Ministry’s senior official in western region Shami J. Abdullah along with the diplomatic fraternity in Jeddah, Nepali entrepreneurs and community leaders.

On the occasion, Revati Raman Paudel, acting consul general, expressed his happiness at the opportunity to celebrate the day as a national festival when the new constitution was promulgated — addressing seven decades of the aspirations of Nepalese people for a constitution written by their representatives.

He said that a great prospect of economic cooperation exists between Kingdom and Nepal, which needs to be further strengthened.

The top diplomat noted that hydropower and tourism are two sectors yet to be explored and tapped by Saudi side. He urged Saudis to explore possible avenues of cooperation in these sectors.

He urged Saudi nationals to explore the Himalayan country, which is developing on the economic front rapidly at 6.9% growth rate of GDP and has a long-term sustainable development strategy.

Paudel said that contacts between people to people have been growing in last few years and added, that an estimated 500,000 Nepalese are working in the Kingdom.

The Nepalese workers been welcomed by Saudi employers as result of their dedication to work and integrity, he said.

He also said that his Himalayan country is sending about 1,200 pilgrims for Haj annually.

He said that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1977, Nepal and Saudi Arabia have been enjoying healthy relations and marching towards prosperity.

Expressing hope, the consul general said, “The constitution day would inspire all to unite and work for nation building.”

He said a constitutional responsibility lies ahead to implement federalism by holding all three levels of the elections — local, state assemblies, and federal — by Jan. 21, 2018.

The constitution, he said, is helping in promoting peace and stability in the country and also helping Nepal to attain economic prosperity.

The constitution is regarded as an important document that is guaranteeing the rights of all its people, irrespective caste or creed.