Nepal-Luxembourg Relations

DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

The diplomatic relations between Nepal and Luxembourg were established on November 27, 1975. Since then the relations between the two countries have been cordial and friendly. Nepalese Ambassador to Belgium is concurrently accredited to Luxembourg.

HIGH-LEVEL Visits

Exchange of visits at high levels from time to time has contributed to strengthening relations between Nepal and Luxembourg.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Maria TERESA of Luxembourg paid a private visit to Nepal from April 16 to 19, 1998.

HRH prince Guillaume, the eldest son of HRH Crown Prince Henri of Luxembourg, paid a private visit to Nepal from 6 to 28 August 1997. HRH Prince Guillaume was accompanied by 100 scouts of Luxembourg during the visit. Minister for Education of Luxembourg visited Nepal in March 1993.

Former Prime Minister of Nepal late Sushil KOIRALA visited Luxembourg on 30 September 2014. During his visit he had meeting with Prime Minister of Luxembourg His Excellency Xavier BETTEL. It was a historical visit in the sense it was the first ever visit by a Nepalese head of government to Luxembourg.

Hon. Foreign Minister of Nepal Dr. Prakash Sharan MAHAT visited Luxembourg in February 2017 during which he had separate bilateral meetings with H.E. Mr. Xavier Bettel, Prime Minister of Luxembourg, H.E. Mr. Jean Asselborn, Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of Luxembourg, and H.E. Mr. Romain Schneider, Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs of Luxembourg.

DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION

Nepal has been receiving development cooperation from Luxembourg in the fields of education, environment and health sectors through non-government organizations. Luxembourg provides its development cooperation to Nepal through multilateral channels such as the UN and the EU. There are also few NGO’s which receive Luxembourgish funding for development activities in various areas.

One of the visible symbols of Nepal-Luxembourg partnership in development cooperation is the establishment and operation of the Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre for the Disabled in the city of Banepa near Kathmandu. Another area of partnership is between the Scouts of the two countries. There exists quite a long and significant cooperation and exchanges between the two scouts.

TRADE AND TOURISM

The volume of bilateral trade between Nepal and Luxembourg is quite small. Nepalese export to Luxemburg has dominated by the traditional items like carpet, handicraft items (window frames), preparations containing tobacco, etc. whereas electrical machines and apparatus; moulds of injection or compression type; articles of steel or iron wire; etc are imported from Luxembourg. The statistics of trade between Nepal and Luxemburg for the last few years is given below:

Value in US$

Year Export Import Balance
2010 124,833 323,148 -198,315
2011 106,897 478,859 -371,962
2012 41,043 175,143 -134,100
2013 67,426 977,463 -910,037

Embassy of Nepal
Brussels
March 2017