Seminar on “Nepal-India Relations: Issues, Emerging Trends and Boosting Cooperation”


The intertwined trade and economic cooperation, defense and development partnership, robust cultural ties and people-to-people contact among others makes Nepal-India relations unique along with the geographical and historical imperatives. For instance, approximately 60 % of Nepal’s total trade is with India and depends upon Indian port for third country trade. Nepal and India are also working closely on various connectivity projects including road, rail and waterways. Completion of these cross-border connectivity projects will boost the bilateral trade, tourism and investments.


The regular exchanges of recent high level visits and the government officials’ engagements contributed in many ways for strengthening bilateral relations, while bridging the trust deficit between two countries. Balancing widening trade imbalances, expediting cross-border connectivity, effectively addressing respective security concerns, effective boarder management should be given high priority.


The Eminent Persons Group (EPG) on Nepal-India Relations had already finalized single joint report. The EPG had been given mandate to prepare all-embracing report with the recommendations to necessary amendment in all the agreements and treaties including most contentious 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between two countries. Aftermath, receiving the report implementing the reasonable recommendations will be significant to achieve newer heights in bilateral relations.


Meanwhile, Nepal and India also need to work very closely by analyzing the changing power configuration and emerging geo-political and geo-economical trends. In order to cope with the common challenges and threats by adopting the pragmatic policy approach.


On this regard, AIDIA aims to bring experts and government authorities to discuss and analyze these issues.


Programme Detail

Date: 17 February 2019

Time 2:30 pm -5:00 pm

Venue: The Malla Hotel


Interested participants can mail us at aidia.asia@gmail.com or call us at 01-4100635/9862205414


Registration 2:30 PM- 3:00 PM


3:00 PM-3:05 PM

Welcome Remarks: Mr. Bishal Neupane, Public Relations Coordinator and Research Associate, Asian Institute of Diplomacy and International Affairs (AIDIA)


Inauguration: Chief Guest, Hon'ble Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal


3:05 PM-4:00 PM

Formal Commencement of Seminar Discourse


Guest Speaker Remarks

H.E. Shri Manjeev Singh Puri, Ambassador of India to Nepal (10 min)



Dr. Manish Thapa, Professor of Research, Institute of International Relations at University of Warsaw

Dr. Dattesh Prabhu Parulekar, Assistant Professor, Goa University


Special Guest Remarks

Hon'ble Chitra Lekha Yadav, Former Education Minister and Central Working Committee Member of Nepali Congress


Chief Guest Remarks

Hon'ble Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Nepal


Moderator: Mr. Shyam KC, Research and Development Director, AIDIA


4:00: PM-4: 20 PM

Q & A and Open Floor Discussion


4:20 PM-4:30 PM

Vote of Thanks/Closing Remarks from Chair

Mr. Sunil KC, CEO/Founder of AIDIA


Hi Tea and Networking: 4:35 PM Onwards


  • Malla Hotel, Kathmandu Nepal