“New Horizons for Nepal- Australia Relations”: Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Simon Birmingham (With Video)

YouTube Screengrab of Minister Birmingham’s address during Nepal Australia Investment Webinar

Canberra, Australia:

Australia’s Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham via a video message illustrated newer heights for Australia-Nepal during Nepal Australia Investment Webinar 2020.

Organised by Embassy of Nepal, Australia in association with Nepal’s Consulate Offices in Australia, Minister Birmingham shared his delight upon being part of the webinar as both nations mark 60 years of Australia-Nepal diplomatic relations.

Minister Birmingham reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to help Nepal in its post-Covid-19 economic recovery, and thanked Nepal for their support to Australia – especially within the international education sector.

Minister Birmingham while highlighting blooming relations between the two countries, specially in terms of trade, tourism and cooperation, said there are more horizons to realise within Australia-Nepal relations. According to the minister, in 2019, 36,000 Australians visited Nepal. Similarly, 20,000 Nepalis also visited Australia in the same year.

Mr. Birmingham also said Australia was ready to welcome international students back to Australia once the nation opens its borders, and to make it easier Australia is already accepting student visa applications offshore.

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The Minister thanked Mr. Lekhraj Bhatta, Nepal’s Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies and HE Mahesh Raj Dahal, Nepalese Ambasador to Australia.