KATHMANDU: As the diplomatic sector of the country has became poor due to poor performance of the diplomats due to appointment of diplomats on the basis of political affiliation rather than their qualification, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is likely to introduce new criteria for diplomatic appointments.
As per the new criteria, age, academic qualifications, language skills and field knowledge of the candidates will be considered while making nomination of ambassadors in diplomatic missions abroad.
In its new report, MoFA has come up with suggestions that one has to have at least Master’s degree, should be 61-year of age before his/her nomination as an envoy, and should have the knowledge about the discipline of diplomacy and international relations. As per the new criteria, the appointee should be fluent in English and knowledge of the language of the country s/he is being sent as envoy would be an advantage.
A panel headed by MoFA’s Senior Joint-Secretary Arjun Bahadur Thapa submitted the report to the Minister for Foreign Affairs Madhav Prasad Ghimire before his departure to Geneva, Switzerland, last week. Sources said Minister Ghimire would study the report and give necessary feedback, if any, after he returns from Geneva on Saturday.
The criteria of age, qualifications and language would not be applicable to those who come from diplomatic service, as they retire at the age of 58. And, their language skills, qualifications as well as field knowledge are assumed tested already in course of their service.
As of now, there is no fixed criteria for ambassadors, especially for those nominated from political quotas. MoFA had formed the panel under the coordination of Joint-Secretary Thapa in May. The initiative was taken seriously in the wake of recent controversies and undiplomatic etiquette on part of Nepali envoys, particularly those nominated from political quotas.
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