Norway will support Nepal with half a billion kroner

Minister of International Development Dag-Inge Ulstein (Christian Democratic Party).Photo: Carina Johansen / NTB Scanpix

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Development Minister Dag-Inge Ulstein (KrF) delivered NOK 530 million to aid projects on his Nepal visit. The money will be given over a five year period.

Ulstein started his four-day visit on Monday and was able to tell the press about the support projects. NOK 360 million will go towards expanding the power supply in one of Nepal’s poorest provinces.

– Access to electricity is a prerequisite for creating development and new jobs. By contributing to the whole country getting electricity, we are also helping to create a future for the youth, says Ulstein in a press release.

Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world after many years of conflict. Following the peace agreement in 2006, the country has a new constitution, and the Nepalese state is now being transformed from a centrally governed state to a federal state with seven provinces and 753 municipalities that have extensive self-government.

NOK 170 million from Norway will go to support the development of local self-governing.

– Norway, together with other donors, will help finance education in the new municipalities and provinces, says Ulstein.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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