Facts and Fictions” organized today “Khabarhub
KATHMANDU: Khabahub is hosting the “Khabarhub Debate” on Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC): Facts and Fictions this afternoon.
No less than 17 experts, including former ambassadors, former diplomats, entrepreneurs, among others, will present their views on MCC during the debate which will be organized in the Pavilion Hall, Durbarmarg at 2 p.m.
Speakers for the program include Dr. Govind Pokhrel, former Vice President of the National Planning Commission; Prof Dr Gandhi Pandit, Professor of Law; Dr. Dinesh Kumar Sharma, professor/engineer; and Professor Vijay Kant Karna, former Ambassador to Denmark.
Similarly, other speakers include Semanta Dahal, lawyer; Prashant Singh, leader of the Janata Samajbadi party; Shailendra Guragain, hydroelectric developer; Prakash Dulal, contractor; Binoj Basnyat, Major General (retired); and Gyanendra Lal Pradhan, hydropower contractor.
Likewise, Dambar Khatiwada, analyst; Devesh Jha, political analyst; Saroj Mishra, analyst; Arun Kumar SUBedi, political analyst; Gopal Thapa, former Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ganesh Kumar Mandal, Madhesi Intellectual, Engineer Ashish Adhikari and Communication Specialist Bibek Subedi will also voice their views.
MCC has been a hotly debated issue in Nepal lately with the visit of Fatema Z. Sumar, MCC’s Vice President of Compact Operations, to Nepal on September 9, and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Asian Affairs South and Central Donald Lu on Nov. 17.
During their visits, they held talks with political leaders including Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba, CPN-UML Chairman KP Oli, Pushpa Maoist Center Chairman Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”, political leaders, government officials and business and community leaders.
During their meetings here in Kathmandu, they specifically asserted that the MCC grant program had no military component, would not interfere with Nepal’s sovereignty, and that the constitution of Nepal would prevail over the agreement.
Prior to negotiating and signing the pact in 2017, the Government of Nepal designed the 5-year grant program to provide more reliable electricity and reduce electricity and transport costs for all Nepalese.