Our support is for democracy and stability
Osamu UNO, 61, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, was in
During his three-day busy schedule, he called on the leaders of main political parties and signed agreements with the government, among others, on improving the Kathmandu-Bhaktapur road which will be funded by
Q: What is the purpose of your visit?
UNO: I have come here as a representative of the Japanese government to congratulate the government of
Besides, the next important purpose of my visit is to convey a message that the Japanese support will continue even after the new government is formed.
Today (Friday) afternoon we had an agreement. The government of
In the first two days of my visit to
Q: You have spoken of continuing support to
UNO: I believe the new government will be formed following due democratic processes and by the democratically elected CA representatives.
Q: This means you are satisfied with the Maoist performance. How do you assess the human rights records of the Maoists?
UNO: The problems associated with the Maoists are
Q: Does that mean if
UNO: I cannot say that now without seeing what is going to happen in the days to come. But now, I am returning with a hope that the Maoists will change.
Q: Nepal-Japan relations have been very cordial and long one. Until recently both were kingdoms. And the bilateral relations at the level of royal families of both the countries were something very special. How do you assess
Q: How will
Uno: It is not that
For instance, with the Japanese support the Kathmandu-Bhaktapur road will be upgraded to a four-lane highway from the current two-double road. This will help people transport products to
Q: When will this start?
UNO: Today afternoon we heard that the FNCCI interviewed six women to send them as trainees to textile industries in
Q: Was there no such training in the past?
Uno: No, this one is the first of its kind.
Q: Will Japan be able to give trade preference to
Q: How can
Uno: When it comes to trade relations, what is important is peace and stability. Without this nothing can progress. And provided this is achieved, if
Q: I mean
UNO: Of course,
In my meeting with the prime minister also the issue of hydropower dam was raised. But constructing dam for hydropower projects is a very costly business, which is not possible with grant support alone. Loan is an alternative but it is difficult because
Regarding suggestions on FDI,
UNO: JICA has both big and small grants in operation. In small grants, JICA is supporting solar panels, micro hydro and other renewable technologies at the local areas. We can also build large-scale renewable energy projects, for instance a big solar energy plant, which could supply power to a large area like