Finland provides 5.4 million euros to strengthen the rule of law in Nepal

(FINNBAY) – Kathmandu, 10 April 2014. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Finland has managed to secure an agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement several programmes to improve the rule of law in Nepal. The agreement is valued €5.4 million.

Finnish Ambassador Asko Luukkainen and UNDP director

Ambassador Asko Luukkainen and UNDP Country Director Ms. Shoko Noda. Courtesy of UNDP

On Monday, the Finnish Ambassador, Asko Luukkainen, signed the agreement in Kathmandu. He expects that “the program will significantly contribute to more accessible and accountable justice, security and human rights institutions and more vulnerable people will be benefitting from legal aid services,” says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.

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The programme aims to minimize the impunity, and the protection and promotion of access to justice for thousands of poor and vulnerable people in Nepal. It also aims to increase the rate of implementation of court judgments. The programme will provide socio-legal aid services to 20,000 women and vulnerable individuals and train 2000 court officials, prosecutors and lawyers.

Nepalese Supreme Court and the Ministry of Law and Justice will have the main responsibility of the program, which Finland supports with €5.4 million for the next five years. Norway and UN Peace Fund are also supporting the programme.

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According to the Department of Industry, there were 5 joint ventures with the Finnish investment of Rs. 2.5 million in Nepal until July 2012, which created 149 jobs.

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