October 24, Kathmandu. The government has requested the Korean government to make arrangements to repatriate Nepali workers who have passed the Employment Permit System (EPS) examination as soon as possible.
At the fifth meeting of the bilateral consultation mechanism between Nepal and the Republic of Korea held here on Wednesday, the government requested to take those who have passed the examination to Korea as soon as possible. The government has also requested to increase the number of quotas for Nepal under EPS.
According to Lok Bahadur Thapa, Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the two sides discussed issues related to counter-COVID-19 and trade, investment, employment, energy, technology, education, tourism, culture and people-to-people cooperation.
Acknowledging the significant contribution of Nepali workers in Korea to both countries’ economies, the two sides agreed to renew the MoU on employment EPS as soon as possible, said Thapa, head of the Foreign Ministry’s North East Asia division and leader of the Nepali delegation.
The meeting discussed the overall aspects of Nepal-Korea relations and emphasized on high-level visit and engagement to further promote the friendly relations between the two countries.
During the discussions, the two sides also exchanged views on possible cooperation in the areas of mutual benefit at the regional and multilateral levels, including the United Nations and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC).
The Thapa-led delegation included senior officials from various ministries of the Government of Nepal and the Korean delegation included Director General of the South Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau Sangryol Lee, officials from the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, officials from the Korean Embassy here, country director and representative from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Nepal office.
On Wednesday, Director General Sangryol Lee paid a courtesy call on Foreign Secretary Bharatraj Poudyal. During the meeting, various issues of mutual interest were discussed.