Nepal-India ICP talks to facilitate cross border trade

Nepal-India ICP talks to facilitate cross border trade

Nepali and India is holding talks tomorrow on establishment of integrated check points (ICPs) along Nepal-India border. The dialogue between the Nepali and Indian officials in New Delhi is aimed at further facilitating trade and reduce trading cost between the two neighbouring countries. A 10-member team led by secretary at the Ministry of Urban Development Kishore Thapa left for the Indian capital New Delhi today to take part in the one-day steering committee meeting that is expected to provide a guideline for both sides to pursue matters in the future. Secretary of Border Management Sneh Lata Kumar will lead the Indian delegation that will discuss on belated construction of ICPs. Though the Indian government is supposed to support Nepal construct the checkpoints to facilitate trade and transit between Nepal and India in the agreement – that was signed in 2005 – by constructing ICPs in Birgunj, Biratnagar, Bhairahawa and Nepalgunj on the Nepali side and in Raxaul, Jogbani, Sunauli and Rupedia on the Indian side, it had been delayed due to delay in steering committee meeting. Once the project is complete, customs office, quarantine laboratories, immigration office, banks and post offices, among others, will come under one roof called ICP that will reduce the cost of trade between the two countries.
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