Kathmandu: In order to promote Nepal`s exports, India agreed to relax
certain norms including simplifying and streamlining transit and custom procedures and lifting certain restrictions on the export of Nepalese products to India.
"The authorities concerned have been instructed to carry out the works of the Terai Roads under Phase I projects with utmost priority and commence the Phase II projects by concluding agreement as soon as possible.
"It also underlined the need for expediting the construction work of the cross-border railway connectivity," the statement said.
Talking about cooperation in exploiting hydropower potentials of Nepal, the statement said authorities have been asked to finalise the text of a Power Trade Agreement at the earliest.
The JC expressed satisfaction over the implementation of 400KV Dhalkebar-Muzaffarpur Double Circuit Cross-Border Transmission Interconnection and noted that the transmission interconnection would integrate the power grids on the two sides of the border and pave the way to initiate unfettered flow of power between the two countries.
The JC welcomed the signing of MoU on the installation of 2,700 shallow tube-wells in the terai region.
The Indian side agreed to arrange for necessary equipment and other assistance for an early operationalisation of the Bharat-Nepal Maitri Emergency and Trauma Centre.
The JC noted the "satisfactory progress" in projects covered under the EXIM Bank Lines of Credit (LoC).
It appreciated the ongoing bilateral cooperation in culture and tourism sectors and discussed the possibilities of extending cooperation for the development and conservation of historic sites of Pashupati, Lumbini, Janakpur and Barahachhetra.
Swaraj extended an invitation to the Foreign Minister of Nepal to pay an official visit to India and he accepted it.
The Nepalese Foreign Minister also hosted a dinner in honour of Swaraj.