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Bilateral Relation between Nepal and Italy – 31 August 1959


Diplomatic Relations
Diplomatic relations between Nepal and Italy were established on 31 August 1959. Nepal had opened its resident Embassy in Rome in 1961 but due to austerity reasons it was closed down in 1967. Italy opened its resident Embassy in Kathmandu in 1971. Italy closed down its embassy in Nepal on August 1, 1997. Presently, Nepalese Ambassador to France is concurrently accredited to Italy. Likewise, Italian ambassador resident in New Delhi is concurrently accredited to Nepal.

Exchange of Visits
Hon. Ganesh Shah, Minister for Environment, Science and Techonolgy visited Rome to participate in the the fourth Meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedures for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in Internatioanal Trade from 27 to 31 October 2008.

Cooperation
Italy has funded Nepal through non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and multilateral organizations like UNHCR, FAO, WHO, WFP and the EU. Italian Institute for Middle and Far East extended cooperation in archaeological excavations in Lumbini as well as the restoration of monuments and paintings.

Nepal and Italy have signed a Memorandum of Understanding pertaining to cooperation on science and technology on 30 March 1998. Nepal Academy of Science and Technology and Ev-K2-CNR have renewed Umbrella Agreement and Working Agreement for conducting scientific studies and researches in 2002. As per the agreement, a pyramid observatory-laboratory has been set up at Lobuche, Solukhumbu.

An Italian NGO, DI-SVI of Asti is involved in the programmes of sanitary education and family planning in Nepal in 1988. Italy has provided some scholarships in the fields of archaeology and international law.

Trade/Investment
Nepal has regularly participated in the trade fairs and exhibitions in Italy with a view to promoting Nepalese products in Italian and other European markets. The following figures reflect Nepal’s exports to and imports from Italy during the past few years:

Value in ‘000 Rs.

Year Exports Imports Balance
2006/2007 684,308 922,615 -238,307
2009 851,549 457,882 393,657
2010 716,188 949,066 -232878
2011 792,899 1,069,149 -276,251
2012 890,377 1,008,973 -118,595

(Source: TEPC, Nepal)

Nepal’s export to Italy mainly consisted of woolen garments, hides and skin, ready-made garments; hand knotted woolen carpets and silver jewelry. Nepal imports heavy machinery, electrical goods, precision and scientific equipment, footwear, cooking appliance, etc. from Italy.

Until July 2012, there were 24 Italian joint ventures in Nepal with an investment of Rs. 323 million generating employment for 615 persons.

Tourism
A number of Italian expedition teams have visited Nepal to scale Nepalese mountains. These expeditions have also helped in fostering friendly relations between Nepal and Italy. Tourist arrivals from Italy for the past few years are as follows:
Year                                   Numbers
2007                                    9,193
2008                                    7,262
2009                                    6,945
2010                                    8,867
2011                                    10,267

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