MCC officials call on Prime Minister DeubaThe US delegation is holding a series of meetings with Nepal’s top political leadership, as the American programme awaits House ratification.
Fatema Z Sumar, vice president of Department of Compact Operations at the Millenium Challenge Corporation, called on Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba on Friday evening.
Sumar and her deputy Jonathan Brooks are in Kathmandu since Thursday in their final push to get the MCC Nepal Compact through Nepal Parliament.
“I had the pleasure to receive the Vice-President of MCC @FatemaDC today. We exchanged views on Nepal-US cooperation including MCC Compact and its potentials for Nepal’s economic transformation,” Prime Minister Deuba wrote on Twitter on Friday evening.
Earlier in the morning, the US delegation held talks with Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal.
On Thursday, Sumar met with CPN-UML chair KP Sharma Oli, CPN (Unified Socialist) chair Madhav Kumar Nepal and Janata Samajbadi Party leaders Baburam Bhattarai and Upendra Yadav.
While Deuba’s party, the Nepali Congress, has been making a push for the MCC’s parliamentary ratification, his coalition partners–the Maoist Centre and the CPN (Unified Socialist)–have expressed some reservations.
Oli was ready to get the MCC through Parliament when he was in power, but on Thursday, he conveyed to the US delegation that since his party is in the opposition now, it is yet to make a position on the US programme.
Nepal signed up to the MCC in September 2017 and it would receive $500 million in grants for electrical transmission and road projects. The MCC Nepal Compact, however, has been stuck in the Parliament for the last two years.Maoist Centre chair Dahal earlier in the morning told the US delegation that since the MCC has led to multiple questions, his party would hold broader consultations with the coalition partners.