KATHMANDU, April 25 (Xinhua) — China has emerged as one of the top five bilateral donors to Nepal in fiscal year 2014-15 in terms of funds disbursed, Nepal’s Finance Ministry said.
Chinese aid of 37.94 million U.S. dollars was disbursed in the 12-month period which made China the fourth largest bilateral donor behind United Kingdom, the United States and Japan, according to the country’s Development Cooperation Report 2014-15. Switzerland is fifth largest donor.
“China has also provided technical assistance through scholarship, trainings and study tours conducted in China which is not fully reflected in the total volume of assistance,” reads the report.
This figure does not cover the assistance that China announced during the International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction held on June 25 last year for Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction, at which China announced the largest grant aid of 480 million U.S. dollar to Nepal’s reconstruction.
An expert involved in preparing the report told Xinhua that the figure might have been higher as all the Chinese assistance has not been notified in Nepal’s Aid Management Platform (AMP), a software where donors report about their assistance.
Nepalese officials said China has been important development partner in the recent years with its northern neighbour increasing its grant aid as well as loans to Nepal.
“Nepal should take benefit of this Chinese policy and bring more aid and investment in Nepal’s infrastructure and industries,” said Govinda Raj Pokharel, former vice-president of National Planning Commission, Nepal’s main planning body.
Among the multilateral donors, the largest donor is the World Bank, followed by Asian Development Bank, United Nations Country Team, European Union and Global Funds to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Nepal received a total of 1.13 billion U.S. dollars in foreign aid fiscal year 2014-15.