Sunday, December 4, 2011

Nepal-India IGC meeting on December 5

Nepal-India Secretary level Inter- Government Committee (IGC) meeting is to begin in New Delhi from tomorrow.
Discussion will be held in the two-day meeting, on waiver of four percent additional duty customs (ADC) on all export items, implementation of provision of treaty of trade signed in October 2009, trade related technical assistance and exports of waste and scrap under the new rules of origin.
According to Commerce Secretary Purushottam Ojha, permission of Nepali jute industry in the procurement process of government and commercial agencies in India, import of petroleum by the private sector, non tariff barrier in respect of Ayurvedic and pharmaceutical imports from India, and removal of ban on equipment for project work in Nepal will also be discussed.
He also said discussion will be held with the Indian side on banned export of food grains from India, unauthorized import of betel nuts, controlling smuggling of vehicles, and not to allow transaction of 500 and 1,000 Rupees IC notes, and development of hydropower.
Nepal will raise with priority affixation of an additional one time lock by Indian customs on traffic in transit between Kolkata-Haldia port to Nepal, use of Vishakhapatnam port and Rohanpur-Singhabad railway, and extension of Kolkata- Haldia-Jogbani, and Haldia-Nautanawa rail service, said Secretary Ojha.Ojha said smooth movement of vehicles in the transit route of Kakadbhitta-Banglabandh, laying of Raxaul-Amlekhgunj petroleum pipeline and dues to the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) and other issues remaining to be solved will also be discussed during the meeting.
Secretary Ojha left for New Delhi this afternoon leading a14-member Nepali delegation. Accompanying him are high officials of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Ministry of Commerce and Supplies, Foreign Affairs, Law and Justice, Finance and Industry, Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC), Nepal Inter-Modal Transport Development Committee, Food Technology and Quality Control Department and the Customs Department.

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