Asking Nepal's Parliament to Ratify the MCC Compact

Asking Nepal's Parliament to Ratify the MCC Compact

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Uttam Gaulee started this petition to Speaker Honorable Agni Prasad Sapkota and

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US Government entity established in 2004, provides grants to developing countries that are committed to good governance, economic freedom, and investing in their citizens. Nepal qualified to receive this grant in 2011 and applied for the $500 million to construct transmission lines and improve some roads. This can be a critical infrastructure to unlock Nepal's economic development potentials. With improved roads and abundance of energy, our smart young men and women are more likely to be employed at home and enjoy human dignity within the next decade. 

However, a great deal of negativity against MCC was doled out in Nepal originally by people who did not understand the provision of the MCC Compact. Lately, some individuals politicized it and it seems Nepal's parliament may not pass this. Therefore, as a person who cares about Nepal's development, please sign this petition. 

During the recently concluded Standing Committee meeting of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, some party leaders strongly stood against parliamentary ratification of the compact. They somehow believe that the MCC is part of Washington’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, which has military components that are aimed at countering China.

In fact, MCC is a program which started in 2004 purely to fight against poverty and the MCC Act prohibits spending any dollars for military purposes. Notable is that China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) concept came in 2013 and the idea of Indo-Pacific Strategy came in 2017. Most of the people who are opposing MCC do not understand the pure intent of the program to combat poverty and often conflate this with BRI or IPS. 

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