U.S. EMBASSY SWEARS IN AMY TOHILL-STULL AS NEW USAID MISSION DIRECTOR FOR NEPAL

August 24, 2018 KATHMANDU —  Today, at a ceremony at the U.S. Embassy, Chargé d’Affaires Michael C. Gonzales swore in Amy Tohill-Stull as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director. Outgoing USAID Mission Director Peter A. Malnak hosted the ceremony, which was attended by USAID and Embassy staff. During the ceremony, Chargé ...
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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Peter Malnak Inaugurate Newly Restored Gaddi Baithak

June 27, 2018 Kathmandu – Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli and the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Peter Malnak jointly inaugurated the recently restored Gaddi Baithak and four other monuments in Kathmandu Durbar Square.  The U.S. government’s Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation(AFCP) awarded a $700,000 grant, and worked in partnership with Miyamoto Global Disaster Relief and ...
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205th Group of Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In

June 18, 2018 Thirty-five Peace Corps Volunteers were sworn in by Chargé d’Affaires Peter A. Malnak and the Peace Corps/Nepal Country Director Sherry Russell to begin their two-year service in Nepal.  The new Volunteers join over 3,800 Volunteers who served before them in Nepal since 1962, and over 7,200 Peace Corps Volunteers currently serving in ...
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United States Hands Over Newly-Reconstructed Barhabise Primary Health Care Center

June 13, 2018 KATHMANDU — U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz, in partnership with Minister for Health and Population Upendra Yadav handed over the newly reconstructed Barhabise Primary Health Care Center in Sindhupalchowk District. During the handover ceremony, Ambassador Teplitz said, “For over 70 years, the United States and Nepal have shared a mutually ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Communication and Conflict-Resolution Training for Nepali UN Peacekeepers and Nepal Police

June 11, 2018 Kathmandu — The U.S. Embassy launched a new series of intercultural communication and leadership trainings at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Centre (BPO-TC) and the National Police Academy. These training programs will enable current and future Nepali peacekeepers to acquire the necessary English language skills, cultural competence and conflict-resolution abilities needed to ...
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U.S. and Nepal Break Ground to Rebuild First All Girls’ School in Kathmandu

May 11, 2018 U.S. and Nepal Break Ground to Rebuild First All Girls’ School in Kathmandu KATHMANDU — Today, U.S. Ambassador to Nepal, Alaina B. Teplitz; National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) Chief Executive Officer, Yuba Raj Bhusal; and other Government of Nepal officials participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of Kanya Mandir Secondary School ...
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Nepal Graduates from Temporary Protected Status Program

April 27, 2018 KATHMANDU – After assessing that the overall humanitarian situation in Nepal has stabilized since the devastating earthquake of April 2015, the U.S. Government has determined that Nepal is ready to graduate from its Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen announced her decision to conclude Temporary Protected Status designation ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on International Anti-Corruption Day

December 08, 2017 As Nepal tallies the results of its historic provincial and parliamentary elections, and thousands of new local government officials embody the country’s new federal system of government, the time is ripe for Nepal’s citizens and leaders to take a bold stand against corruption and allow the country to realize its full potential.  ...
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U.S. Statement Urges Peaceful Elections in Nepal

November 20, 2017 KATHMANDU – Following the largely peaceful conduct of Nepal’s three phases of local elections, the United States is alarmed at recent attacks on political candidates and condemns any attempt to impede the electoral process through the use of violence.  We call on all sides to maintain and uphold a peaceful and democratic ...
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U.S. Government Launches New Strategy to Improve Food Security and Nutrition with Government of Nepal

November 17, 2017 KATHMANDU– The U.S. Government launched a five-year Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) to boost agricultural productivity and improve nutrition in Nepal, in partnership with Nepal’s Ministry of Agricultural Development and Ministry of Health. The strategy builds on the U.S. Government’s ongoing Feed the Future initiative and will support the Government of Nepal’s ...
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Open Doors Report: Nepali Students Fastest Growing Enrollment in U.S. Universities

November 15, 2017  Kathmandu – According to the 2017 Open Doors Report, Nepali students studying in U.S. universities are the fastest growing international student population studying at colleges and universities in the United States.  The report is released annually by the Institute of International Education and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and ...
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U. S.-Funded Survey Shows Improved Women’s and Children’s Health Over 20 Years

November 11, 2017 KATHMANDU– The Ministry of Health released the U.S. Embassy-funded 2016 Nepal Demographic and Health Survey report, which highlighted Nepal’s progress over the last 20 years in improving maternal and child health. The Demographic and Health Survey was conducted with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and gathered data ...
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New 2019 Diversity Visa Program Starts

October 18, 2017 Kathmandu — Due to technical issues with the eDV website, there is a new registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa (DV) program starting at 9:45pm on Wednesday, October 18 (12:00pm EST) and end at 10:45pm on Wednesday, November 22 (12:00pm EST). If you submitted any entry for this year’s program prior ...
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President Trump’s Message on Nepal’s Constitution Day

September 15, 2017 Dear Madam President: On behalf of all Americans, congratulations as you celebrate Constitution Day on September 19th.  This is a great day for your country, and the people of the United States welcome this celebration of your democracy. Since you last recognized this important day, Nepal has achieved important progress.  You have ...
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U.S. and Nepal Sign $500 Million Compact

September 14, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Government of Nepal today signed a $500 million compact to spur economic growth and reduce poverty in Nepal. Nepali Minister of Finance Gyanendra Bahadur Karki and Acting MCC CEO Jonathan Nash joined Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan at ...
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Nepali ICT Firms Receive U.S. Data-Driven Farming Award for Innovative Agricultural Solutions

September 7, 2017 KATHMANDU – Today, the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative awarded its global Data-Driven Farming Prize to four firms from around the world for their innovative solutions in utilizing information and communications technology to improve agricultural productivity. Kathmandu-based ICT firm Db2Map received a $100,000 award for its GEOKrishi program that integrates satellite ...
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“Farm to Table” Brings Leaders from Nepal’s Agriculture Sector Together to Explore New Linkages

August 29, 2017 KATHMANDU–Today, the U.S. Embassy hosted a special “Farm to Table” event to highlight the success of Nepal’s agriculture sector and identify opportunities to maximize the economic potential of this key market. Leaders from agribusinesses, buyers, suppliers, financial service providers, and farmers came together to make new connections, share ideas, and explore innovative ...
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MCC Board of Directors Approves Compact with Nepal

August 18, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors this week approved a $500 million compact with Nepal, MCC’s first compact in South Asia. The Government of Nepal has committed to contributing an additional $130 million to support MCC’s investment. Pending Congressional review, the compact is expected to ...
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U.S. Government Supports Restoration of Kaiser Mahal Palace and Char Narayan Temple

August 11, 2017 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  Following the worldwide competition, two grants are awarded to the Impact Foundation and the Kathmandu Valley Preservation Trust (KVPT) to support the restoration of the south wing of the Kaiser Mahal Palace and the ...
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Better Harvests: Private Sector Investment Means More Food, Higher Incomes for Nepal

August 1, 2017 Kathmandu – Private sector investment and engagement in Nepal’s agriculture sector increased crop yields and provided higher incomes for farmers under a five-year United States Government-supported program. At a joint Ministry of Agricultural Development and USG program titled “Better Harvests: Higher Incomes, More Food and A Brighter Future for Nepal,” the Knowledge-based ...
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MCC Delegates Visit Nepal to Advance Compact Proposal

July 21, 2017 Kathmandu – A delegation from the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) led by Fatema Z. Sumar, Regional Deputy Vice President for Europe, Asia, the Pacific, and Latin America, met with Prime Minister Deuba and senior government officials of Nepal to discuss final provisions of a planned MCC grant assistance (compact). The ...
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U.S. Hands Over Regional Crisis Management Center to Kick Off “Balance Nail”

June 19, 2017 Kathmandu — Today, the U.S. Mission to Nepal, in partnership with the Government of Nepal, conducted a handover ceremony for a Regional Crisis Management Center (RCMC) and commenced the bilateral special operations training exercise “Balance Nail 17-3” at the Chhauni Barracks in Kathmandu. The U.S funded RCMC is a $1.8 million facility, ...
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International Development Partners’ Group Statement on Elections

27 April 2017 Kathmandu: The undersigned members of the international community recognize the efforts of all stakeholders including the Election Commission, the Government, civil society and the political parties in preparing for the historic local elections in Nepal. It has been two decades since local elections were last held, and Nepalis are keen to exercise ...
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U.S.-Nepal Joint Statement on 3rd Trade and Investment Framework Council Meeting

April 21, 2017 Kathmandu, Nepal – The United States-Nepal Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council held its third meeting on April 20, 2017 in Kathmandu, Nepal to promote expanded bilateral trade and investment in goods and services. The meeting was co-chaired by Naindra Prasad Upadhaya, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, Government of Nepal and Mark ...
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MaxTradeUSA Event Explains America’s Trade Preference Program for Nepal

April 21, 2017 Kathmandu –  Senior government officials and private sector experts explained how Nepali handicraft producers, exporters and businesses can take advantage of new preferential trade benefits provided to certain Nepali exports to the United States.  Organized by the U.S. Embassy with participation by the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Inudstry (FNCCI) ...
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U.S. Starts Rebuilding 15 Schools in Earthquake-Hit Districts

April 24, 2017 U.S. Starts Rebuilding 15 Schools in Earthquake-Hit Districts KAVREPALANCHOWK — The U.S. Government inaugurated the first of seven new permanent schools being constructed through U.S. support. These seven school reconstruction projects are the first wave of a $10 million U.S. Government effort to rebuild 15 primary and secondary schools across 14 districts ...
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Peace Corps Celebrates 55th Anniversary in Nepal

March 23, 2017 Kathmandu — U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz and Peace Corps Nepal Country Director Nelson Chase hosted a celebration today to commemorate the 55th anniversary of Peace Corps’ arrival in Nepal.  The event celebrated the work and contributions of over 3,750 American volunteers who lived, worked and served in communities throughout Nepal since ...
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Commander of the U.S. Pacific Command Visits Kathmandu

March 21, 2017 Kathmandu – Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the United States Pacific Command, visited Kathmandu, Nepal to participate in the opening ceremony of a U.S.-sponsored multinational U.N. Peacekeeping exercise (Shanti Prayas) and to meet with Nepali leaders.  Joining Ambassador Alaina Teplitz in meetings with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the Minister ...
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U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Program Announces $300,000 Challenge for Data-Driven Solutions for Food Security

February 09, 2017 Kathmandu – The U.S. Agency for International Development, through the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, is looking to innovators to help Nepali farmers increase value from agricultural productivity. USAID challenges innovators to find tools that help Nepali smallholder farmers improve productivity. This USAID-funded competition will award $300,000 for solutions tailored for ...
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U.S. Government Provided $160 Million in Assistance in 2016

January 26, 2017 Kathmandu – The United States Government announced today that it provided $160 million in assistance in 2016 to improve health, education, environment, agriculture, earthquake reconstruction and governance in Nepal. Approximately $133 million of these funds are managed by several U.S. departments and agencies operating in Nepal, including the U.S. Agency for International ...
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President Obama Signs Proclamation to Implement Nepal Preference Program

December 16, 2016 Washington –  On December 15, U.S. President Barack Obama signed a proclamation to implement the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (“TFTEA”), which creates a trade preference program for Nepal.  The TFTEA officially provides duty-free treatment for dozens of types of imports from Nepal that meet specific eligibility criteria, including ...
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U.S. Embassy and Asian Development Bank Sign Agreement to Rebuild 15 Earthquake-Damaged Schools

December 16, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy in Nepal and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement yesterday to rebuild 15 earthquake-damaged schools in 11 most affected districts, benefiting 4,500 students. The Asian Development Bank will use the $10 million U.S. contribution to rebuild the schools through its Earthquake Emergency Assistance Project.  The ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches Six New English Access Programs in Nepal

December 2, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy opened six new site English Access Microscholarship Programs across Nepal in Dang, Janakpur, Gulmi, Dhading, Banke and Kathmandu . U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz opened the program in Namgyal Middle Boarding School at Swayambhu today. The Access Program provides a foundation of English language skills to talented ...
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Statement for NTTP-I’s Publication

The United States has been a friend and partner of Nepal and the Nepali people for nearly 70 years. Together, we continue to focus on strengthening the country’s prospects for peace and prosperity. On this 10th anniversary of the Comprehensive Peace Accord, we commend the people of Nepal for the important milestones that have been ...
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Nepal Passes 16 of 20 Indicators on U.S. Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Scorecard

November 4, 2016 KATHMANDU – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) released its fiscal year 2017 scorecards this week – a key component in the agency’s annual competitive selection process that determines which countries will receive MCC development funds. This year, of the 82 countries MCC created scorecards for, 33 countries passed while 49 ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Discusses Next Steps with Government of Nepal

Kathmandu – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Regional Deputy Vice President for Compact Operations, Fatema Sumar, visited Nepal this week to advance development of an MCC compact with the Government of Nepal. In meetings with key government officials – including Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Minister of Energy Janardan Sharma, and Minister of ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Program in Nepal Moves Forward

September 26, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) announced the launch of feasibility studies of various power sector projects proposed by the Office of the Millennium Challenge Nepal (OMCN), a Government of Nepal office which coordinates development of the MCC program. Feasibility studies are the foundation of the MCC compact development ...
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President Obama Wishes Nepal on Constitution Day

September 18, 2016 Washington – President of the United States Barack Obama today congratulated the President of  Federal Republic of Nepal Bidhya Devi Bhandari and the Nepali people on Nepal’s Constitution Day.  Following is the message sent to the President of Nepal: Dear Madam President: I am pleased to congratulate you and the people of ...
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U.S. Ambassador Bids Farewell to 90,000th Refugee to Resettle to the United States

September 20, 2016 Kathmandu – U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz today met with, and bid farewell to, Ms. Sahri Maya Thatal, the 90,000th Bhutanese refugee to be resettled in the United States. Ms. Thatal and her four children will leave Nepal tomorrow to start their new lives in New Hampshire. Ambassador Teplitz visited ...
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Assistant Secretary Nisha Biswal Concludes Nepal Visit

September 5, 2016 Kathmandu –  Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Biswal concluded a two-day visit to Nepal today. In meetings with political, business, and civic leaders, Assistant Secretary Biswal  discussed the challenges and opportunities facing Nepal ranging from transitional justice to elections.  She met with Prime Minister Dahal and ...
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U.S. Embassy Hosts South and Central Asia Regional Model United Nations Conference

August 15, 2016 Kathmandu — U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz today opened the South and Central Asia university-level regional Model United Nations (MUN) conference.  Hosted by the U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Youth Thinkers’ Society, 200 delegates from across South and Central Asia are gathered to discuss multilateral issues including countering violent ...
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U.S. Ambassador Meets New Prime Minister

August 8, 2016 Kathmandu – This morning, U.S. Ambassador Alaina Teplitz met with Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal.  Ambassador Teplitz noted Nepal’s commitment to democracy and commended the peaceful transition of government under the new Constitution.  “The United States is committed to a continued partnership with the people and government of Nepal, in order to ...
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U.S. Embassy Launches New “BookTuk” Mobile Library

Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy in Nepal launched a new, electric-powered mobile library at Padma Kanya Higher Secondary School in Dillibazar.  The “BookTuk” is the latest addition to the U.S. Embassy’s mobile Book Bus library fleet.  U.S. Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz and Coordinator for the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) at the Department of ...
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“Makerspace” Opens at U.S. Embassy’s Innovation Hub

July 28, 2016 Kathmandu – The U.S. Embassy today opened a new Makerspace at the Embassy-supported Innovation Hub located inside the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry building in Teku.  A “Makerspace” is a place that supports hands-on learning in an informal, creativity-focused environment where people gather to share resources and knowledge. The ...
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U.S. Announces Expansion of Trade Preferences For Least Developed Countries, Including Nepal

July 7, 2016 Washington, D.C. – The United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office announced the Annual Product Review under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program.  This measure adds new duty-free status for travel goods – such as luggage, backpacks, handbags, and wallets – for Least Developed Beneficiary Developing Countries (LDBDCs), including Nepal. The new rule ...
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U.S. State Department Releases Annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report: Nepal’s Anti-Trafficking Hero Honored

July 1, 2016 Washington — During the release of the U.S. Department of State’s annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, Secretary of State John Kerry underscored the need for concerted efforts to combat human trafficking around the world.  The annual TIP Report “is a detailed analysis of the challenges that we face.  It’s a targeted ...
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203rd Group of Peace Corps Volunteers Sworn In

June 10, 2016 Ambassador Alaina B. Teplitz swore in twenty-four Peace Corps Volunteers on June 10 to begin their two-year service in Nepal. This group of Volunteers is the fifth to arrive in Nepal since the Peace Corps program re-opened in 2012. Peace Corps/Nepal Acting Country Director Diane Partl also welcomed the new volunteers, who join the ...
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Nepal and the United States Establish “Sister Park” Relationship

June 3, 2016 The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce a “Sister Park” relationship between Nepal’s Chitwan, Langtang, and Sagarmatha National Parks and Yosemite National Park in the United States. This relationship between national parks is designed to promote bilateral cooperation for the mutual benefit of these parks by increasing information sharing and direct park-to-park ...
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U.S. Women’s Soccer World Cup Champions Conduct Empowerment Clinics in Kathmandu and Dhangadhi (April 8, 2016)

April 8, 2016 The U.S. Embassy brought Sports Envoys Lorrie Fair and Tracy Noonan to conduct an “Empowering Nepali Women through Soccer” program April 2-8. Tracy and Lorrie were members of the U.S. Women’s  National Team that won the 1999 World Cup soccer championship. During their program, the American Sports Envoys organized soccer clinics, community ...
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U.S. Government Unveils Plans for Bahrabise Health Center Reconstruction (April 18, 2016)

April 18, 2016 U.S. Ambassador to Nepal Alaina B. Teplitz and Minister for Health and Population Ram Janam Chaudhary jointly unveiled plans to rebuild a new, earthquake-safe Bahrabise Primary Health Care Center (PHCC), today. The $1.9 million joint collaboration is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and will be implemented by the ...
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U.S. Statement on the One Year Anniversary of the 2015 Nepal Earthquakes (2016-04-25)

2016-04-25 Today marks the one-year anniversary of the spring 2015 earthquakes that struck central Nepal, affecting more than six million people in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh, and causing widespread damage and destruction.  The United States again offers its condolences to the families of the estimated 9,000 people who lost their lives and the more ...
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Millennium Challenge Corporation Discusses Compact Development with Government of Nepal

March 4, 2016 The U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Regional Deputy Vice President for Compact Operations Fatema Sumar visited Nepal this week to advance development of an MCC compact with the Government of Nepal. In meetings with key government officials – including Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Physical ...
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U.S. Cancels Travel Warning for Nepal

The U.S. Department of State yesterday cancelled its Travel Warning for Nepal. The Travel Warning was issued for Nepal on October 8, 2015, and reflected geological instability following the Gorkha Earthquake and the monsoon season, unrest in the Terai, and country-wide fuel shortages.  Because conditions have changed, the Travel Warning was cancelled effective February 29, ...
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President Obama Signs Nepal Trade Preferences Bill

Washington – Yesterday, U.S. President Barack Obama signed legislation authorizing special trade preferences for Nepal, which will grant duty-free tariff benefits for up to 66 types of items, including certain carpets, headgear, shawls, scarves, and travel goods. The Nepal program is authorized for ten years and is designed to help Nepal’s economic recovery from the ...
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U.S. Embassy to Support Regional Model UN Conference in Kathmandu

February 23, 2016 The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with the Youth Thinkers’ Society, is organizing Nepal’s largest-ever regional Model United Nations Conference this coming August in Kathmandu. The conference will bring together over 200 delegates from across South and Central Asia to discuss a wide variety of issues, including regional economic integration, climate change, and ...
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