India to assist Nepal to upgrade food laboratories

March 6th, 2009 - 3:30 pm ICT by ANI  

Kathmandu, Mar 6 (ANI): India has agreed to provide technical aid to Nepal for upgrading the central food laboratory and the laboratory of the Department of Standards and Meterology (DoSM).
This assistance will help to harmonize the standards and accreditation system between the two countries.
The agreement to this effect came, during the two-day bilateral trade treaty review meeting held between the two countries here on Thursday.
According to Nepalnews, the visiting Indian team also promised to fulfill the treaty of Kathmandu to incorporate a clear provision on exempting excise, additional customs and other duties and charges on Nepali exports to India, under the bilateral trade treaty.
However, no decision has been taken on Nepal’’s plea on not imposing state taxes on its exports.
Both sides also agreed to adopt various mechanisms to control the unauthorized trade over the porous Indo-Nepal border.
Meanwhile, Nepal Water Resources Secretary Shanker Prasad Koirala has said that Nepal plans to take special initiative to import power from India to solve the ongoing power crisis in the country during a fourth high-level secretarial meeting of Nepal-India Joint Committee on Water Resource (JCWR) to be held from March 12 to 13 in New Delhi.
An existing import-export agreement allows Nepal to import upto 150-MW electricity from India. “Additional import of power will be an important agenda during the meeting,” he added.
“Besides the power issue, implementation of Pancheshwor Multi-Purpose Project, Sapta Koshi High Dam construction, ongoing reconstruction work of Koshi embankment, Naumure Multi Purpose Reservoir project are among the other important agendas to be discussed in the meeting, Koirala said.
As a part of power export-import agreement with India, Nepal has been importing 50-MW at present. Apart from the 50-MW power import-export agreement between the two countries, there is also an agreement on import to 60-MW at the industrial level. (ANI)

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