Senior Vice President of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) Chandra Prasad Dhakal on Tuesday asked the concerned authorities to make visa process easy and accessible to Nepalis business community so as to expand bilateral trade and business relations.
Addressing a virtual interaction on UK Visas and Immigration organised by the FNCCI in collaboration with British Embassy in Kathmandu, Department of International Trade of UK, UK Visas and Immigration, Senior VP Dhakal stressed the need of providing UK visa for Nepalis private sector from British Embassy in Kathmandu.
"We are aware that UK visa is not directly available from Nepal itself, and there might be many difficulties and issues faced by the visa applicants from Nepal. I am confident that in today's session, both sides could openly discuss on the issues, and find possible way outs so as to make it easy and accessible for Nepalese applicants," he said.
Although Nepal and UK share a long history of economic relations, the bilateral trade and investment have not realised their full potential. As per the TEPC data, in 2020/21, Nepal’s export to UK was only 1.7%, and import from UK was barely 0.16% of the total export and import of Nepal, he said.
Highlighting the two-century old Nepal-UK bilateral relations, he said that the role played by the private sectors of the two countries was vital in building the relations more stronger and cordial.
Nepal and UK have strong economic and business relations through the private sector cooperation. In Nepal, the FNCCI is leading the Nepal-UK business cooperation in coordination of FNCCI's active bi-national chamber member "Nepal-Britain Chamber of Commerce and Industry."
Source: National News Agency Nepal