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Conference in French Senate for 60th anniversary of France Nepal relation

On Thursday, 27th of November 2008, a half-day long symposium dedicated to the France Nepal Relations was organised at the Monnerville Hall of the French Senate, Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

The symposium was organised by France Nepal Media (Paris) in collaboration with the France – Nepal Amity group of the French Senate, the Embassy of Nepal in France, )” Societies and cultures in the Himalayas” team of the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research, French government-funded research organisation) and Nepal Tourism Board representative office in France.

France and Nepal enjoy long-standing, friendly relations. The first scholarly interactions go far back to the 16th century.
Official diplomatic ties between France and Nepal were established on April 20 1949. The symposium was a preliminary to the 60th anniversary of Franco-Nepalese relations which will be celebrated on 20 April 2009, expectantly with Nepalese official visit in France.

It consisted of presentations and debates on the various aspects (political, diplomatic, economic and cultural) of the Franco-Nepalese relations. It was a first event of this kind to be held in France and will, hopefully, herald a new phase in the relations between the two countries.

The following well-known protagonists of the bilateral exchanges presented their views to an assistance of scholars, diplomats, officials, resident Nepalese and Nepal-loving French:

- Mr Jeevan Prakash Shrestha: "The Nepalese chargé d’affairs highlighted the France Nepal relations".

- Mr Michel Jolivet, former French Ambassador in Nepal (2004 to 2007) evoked the Franco-Nepalese relations in the light of the growing government level disengagement.

- Mr Keith Bloomfield, former British ambassador in Nepal (2002 to 2006) underscored the economic exchanges between the European Union and Nepal.

- Mr Alain Scudellaro, Mayor of LAMOTHE-GOAS (Gers France), co-founder of the INGO ‘Association Gers-Himalayas’ presented the Nepalese education system

- Mr. Michel Colchen, Geologist, CNRS researcher highlighted the Scientific French researches in Nepal

- Mrs. Marie Tilouine-Lecomte, anthropologist, CNRS researcher presented the French studies in humanities in Nepal.

- Mr. Benoît Cailmail, PhD researcher about Nepalese Maoists, threw light on The people’s war in Nepal

- Mr Vincent Brossel, Reporters without Borders (RSF), spoke on the Freedom of the press during and after the dictatorship of King Gyanendra.

- Mrs Kalpana Ghimire, Columnist and literary translator, gave an Overview of Nepalese literature and spoke of the literary interactions between France and Nepal.

- Mr Etienne Galland, President of the INGO Human Care, spoke of the French INGO’s endeavours in Nepal.

Other highlights were:
- A special tribute paid to the late Mr. Dilli Raj Uprety, former Nepalese ambassador to France, an important protagonist in the French Nepal relations and a great friend of France who had expired on Friday 31 October 2008 in Kathmandu.

- The welcome note by the Honourable Mr. Yvon Collin, Senator, President of France Nepal Friendship Amity Group of the French Senate.

- The closing note delivered by Ms. Tara Manadhar, the resident representative of Nepal Tourism Board.

- A recital of poetry (Banira Giri and Manjul) in French by Miss Sujata Chhetri, President of Everest Nepal Association

The event was coordinated by Mr. Binod Khakurel on behalf of the “France Nepal Media”.
Binod Khakurel
France Népal Média
5 rue du Dr. Tuffier 75013 Paris
Tél. : 33 – 6 80 92 83 46
E mail: 60ans@francenepal.com
Site: www.francenepal.com/60ans

For France Népal Média
News: Kalpana Ghimire
Photo: Amélie Benoist
28 december 2008


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