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Canadian agency to end Nepal operations
Publication Date : 06-02-2013
The Canadian Cooperation Office, established in 1987, has decided to wind down its Nepal-based operations.
Besides planning, executing and delivering the Canadian International Development Agency's development programme, the Kathmandu-based office of the Canadian Cooperation Office also supported the Canadian Embassy and contributed to the implementation of Canada's shared agenda of foreign affairs, international trade and development.
“The Government of Canada decided to wind down its direct country-to-country bilateral development assistance for Nepal on Feb 28, 2013. This decision is part of a Deficit Reduction Action Plan announced in the Government of Canada's 2012 budget," said the Canadian Cooperation Office in a statement.
The purpose of the Deficit Reduction Action Plan was to make government operations more efficient and achieve greater effectiveness in the government's programmes and services, said the statement, adding that based on these factors, the Government of Canada has decided to scale down its direct bilateral development assistance in a number of countries.
Although no further bilateral programmes will be undertaken, Nepal will remain eligible for Canadian assistance through multilateral organisations and Canadian NGOs. "Through such channels, Canada has already been providing some US$5 million a year, for example, through its support for Canadian NGOs and Multilateral Organisations working in Nepal and through humanitarian assistance. Canada will also continue to actively consider humanitarian requests during emergency appeals made by international organisations such as the UN," said the statement.
Canada and Nepal enjoy a positive relationship underpinned by strong people-to-people links. Canada values its close and friendly relations with Nepal and wishes to expand areas of bilateral relationship for our mutual benefit, read the statement further.
Government sources said that the Canadian government had decided to shut down operations in eight countries, including Nepal. Following the closure of operations, Canada's New Delhi-based mission will also look after Nepal affairs. "When a bilateral agency shuts down its office, we cannot expect the same level of assistance. This will definitely hamper future Canadian assisstance to Nepal," said a senior government official.