Nepal to ink trans­port deal with In­dia, B’desh, Bhutan

Bhutan Times - - Editorial -

Nepal’s min­is­ter for phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port man­age­ment Bi­mal­en­dra Nidhi is leav­ing for the Bhutanese cap­i­tal on Satur­day to sign the agree­ment on be­half of the Nepal gov­ern­ment

Kathmandu: Nepal will sign the Bangladesh, Bhutan, In­dia and Nepal (BBIN) Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Agree­ment in Thim­phu on Mon­day to fa­cil­i­tate trans­porta­tion of both peo­ple and goods among the four South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion (Saarc) mem­ber coun­tries.

Min­is­ter for phys­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port man­age­ment Bi­mal­en­dra Nidhi is leav­ing for the Bhutanese cap­i­tal on Satur­day to sign the agree­ment on be­half of the Nepal gov­ern­ment.

“With en­dorse­ment from the cabi­net, I am vis­it­ing Thim­phu to sign the mo­tor ve­hi­cles agree­ment, which is part of the Saarc Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Agree­ment,” Nidhi told PTI.

“Once the BBIN is signed, it would pave way for sign­ing the Saarc Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Agree­ment,” he pointed out. The BBIN agree­ment is ex­pected to help re­vive the stalled South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion mo­tor ve­hi­cles agree­ment, which was ap­proved dur­ing the SAARC Sum­mit here in Novem­ber, 2014.

“This is a sub-re­gional mo­tor ve­hi­cle agree­ment which is not par­al­lel to the SAARC mo­tor ve­hi­cle agree­ment,” he said.

The BBIN will fa­cil­i­tate trans­porta­tion of both peo­ple and goods among the four SAARC mem­ber coun­tries.

The sign­ing of the BBIN would pro­mote safe, eco­nom­i­cal, ef­fi­cient and en­vi­ron­men­tally sound road trans­port in the re­gion and would fur­ther help each coun­try in cre­at­ing an in­sti­tu­tional mech­a­nism for re­gional in­te­gra­tion.

Nidhi said Nepal is still ne­go­ti­at­ing for the SAARC mo­tor ve­hi­cles agree­ment as early as pos­si­ble but a meet­ing could not be con­vened due to the April 25 quake.

( Source : The Hin­dus­tan Times )

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