The US Embassy’s position on the MCC Compact is as follows: “We promote fact-based public discussions.”
The US Embassy in Nepal today stated that the United States encourages fact-based public dialogues on the MCC Compact, which has been the subject of increased conversations, celebrations, and debate in recent days in Nepal.
“We are a big advocate of free speech and public conversation based on facts, including on MCC,” the Embassy tweeted, noting that the right to peacefully express one’s views is inherent to democratic government. For decades, the United States has been a partner of Nepal and its people, and it will continue to assist their long-term prosperity.”
According to media reports, the administration is preparing to receive approval from the Parliament for the US-funded MCC project at the next meeting of the House of Representatives, which will take place on March 28.
Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba has expressed increasing interest in ratifying the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Compact, prompting the administration to organise a meeting of the federal parliament beginning on September 8.
The government has also submitted a letter to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) office in the United States, requesting clarification of some conditions contained in the MCC agreement, which has been received.
During her visit to Nepal this week, Fatema Z. Sumar, Vice President of the Millenium Challenge Corporation’s Department of Compact Operations, made the request on behalf of the government.
According to a letter sent to the US Embassy in Nepal on Friday, the Ministry of Finance requested clarification on the 11 principal clauses included in the agreement, among others, from the United States government.
In the letter, the Ministry of Finance requests that the United States government clarify if the Multilateral Cooperation on Climate Change (MCC) is a component of the US-led Indo-Pacific Strategy or not. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has also questioned whether Nepal’s security strategy is tied to the MCC.