Unified security in place for Investment Summit
By Purushottam P. Khatri
Kathmandu, Mar. 26: The government has put into effect a unified security plan from Monday for peaceful organisation of the much-awaited Nepal Investment Summit-2019.
According to the Ministry of Home Affairs, the government has implemented the unified security in coordination with the three security bodies- Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force and the National Investigation Department (NID).
The Summit is scheduled for March 29 and 30 in Kathmandu.
“We have been holding security meetings on a daily basis with security officials focusing on various topics, including the Summit that is scheduled to begin this week,” joint secretary and spokesperson at the Ministry of Home Affairs Ram Krishna Subedi said.
The three security bodies have mulled to deploy over their 2,000 security personnel in the field during the Summit.
“The unified security plan has come into effect in coordination of Nepal Police, the Armed Police Force (APF) and the National Investigation Department (NID),” joint secretary Subedi said. “We have regularly been holding security meeting with our line security bodies to make the Summit a success,” Subedi said.
“We have had experiences of holding SAARC and BIMSTEC summits and have successful track records of executing security planning; so this time, we will be successful to hold this Summit,” Subedi said.
Meanwhile, owing to the preparation of Summit, Nepal Police and two other security bodies have beefed up security measures to avert any possible incident throughout the Summit period.
The security measures are afoot as the government has prepared to provide red-carpet welcome to the VVIPs upon their arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA).
“Security in the Kathmandu Valley has been tightened and surveillances have also been beefed up,” SSP and spokesperson of Nepal Police Uttam Raj Subedi, said.
According to SSP Subedi, the present security threat level in the valley can be considered normal, he said. “We are regularly collecting information and making preparations for security measures,” he said.
Nepal Police have deployed security personnel both in plain-cloth and uniforms in the valley.
The Armed Police Force (APF) has also started mobilising its personnel in regular patrolling and search operations in the valley, APF spokesperson and DIG Suraj Kumar Shrestha, said.
“The government has informed that 600 to 700 delegates will arrive in Kathmandu for the Summit and we are making our preparation accordingly,” he said.
The APF is collecting information about the arrival of VVIPs, their stay location, and the summit venue, Shrestha said.
Necessary surveillances and patrolling have been increased in and around the Summit venue and nearest hotels located near the main venue of the Summit, Hotel Soaltee Crown Plaza, Shrestha said.
The investment Summit will be attended by VVIPs like vice-president of the World Bank of South Asia Hartwig Schafer, Foreign Minister of State of France Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, and Minister for Investment and Foreign Economic Relations of Myanmar Thaung Tun, vice-president of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), Shixin Chen, Dr Shahzad Nasim of Group Executive Chairman, Meinhardt Group, and M.G George Muthoot, chairman of the Muthoot Group, among others.
Similarly, the Summit will be graced by individual investors and institutional investors from India, China, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia, France, Italy, Japan, America, Russia, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Finland, Iran, and Turkey, among others.