MCC is continuation of mutual friendship, says Fatema Sumar

KATHMANDU: Fatema Z. Sumar Vice President of Department of Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) has clarified that MCC remains committed to having open and transparent dialogue with the people of Nepal and sees this exchange as a positive step toward ratification of the MCC Nepal Compact.

Issuing a statement on Wednesday, she said, “Recognizing the immense value of the MCC Nepal Compact grant signed by the government of Nepal and MCC in 2017, MCC’s promise to help the people of Nepal has never wavered. We are dedicated to reducing poverty and fostering economic growth for all Nepalis.”

Earlier on September 3, the government of Nepal had sent a letter to MCC seeking clarification on some of the provisions included in the MCC agreement.

She said that this grant program will benefit nearly 23 million people by providing more reliable electricity and lowering the cost of transportation and energy.

She further said that the United States and Nepal have built a friendship based on our many shared values, including respect for the sovereignty of all nations for more than 70 years.

“The MCC Nepal Compact is a continuation of our mutual friendship and underscores the government of Nepal’s commitment to democratic principles and building a better future for all Nepalis,” Fatema Sumar said.

“In my previous visits to Nepal, I was overwhelmed by the request for, and positive support of, an MCC partnership — from business and community leaders to members from every political party. Unfortunately, since my last visit, there has also been an increase of false and misleading statements about MCC,” she said, adding, “MCC has no hidden agenda.”

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