Honoring Ambassador Shankar Sharma for His Dedicated Service to the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, as Ambassador to the United Statesby Representative Ander Crenshaw
Posted on 2014-01-14
in the house of representatives
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Mr. CRENSHAW. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to thank the Honorable
Ambassador of Nepal, Shankar Sharma, on behalf of the Congressional
Nepal Caucus for his dedicated service both to his country and to the
United States over the past four years.
No doubt due in part to his tireless and committed work for Nepal, the past four years have brought many positive changes to the country and its relations with the United States. Not only has the Congressional Nepal Caucus been established, which will continue to educate Members of Congress on Capitol Hill about Nepal and the benefits of a strong relationship between our two countries, but the Peace Corps has resumed in Nepal after an 8 year hiatus due to a now- resolved conflict. In addition, the Millennium Challenge Corporation has declared Nepal ``threshold program eligible,'' strengthening the dialogue between the two countries and preparing Nepal for a future MCC Compact. And in April of 2011, a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement was signed, which established a framework for trade and resolved outstanding disputes between our nations. Each of these triumphs strengthens our relationship and will continue to help Nepal in their path to development and democracy.
The Congressional Nepal Caucus would also like to acknowledge Ambassador Sharma on his many years of service to Nepal. As Deputy Chairman at the National Planning Commission in Nepal, Chief Advisor in Ministry of Finance, Alternate Governor of Nepal for the International Monetary Fund, and Senior Economist in Institute of South East Asian Studies, Ambassador Sharma has steered Nepal in a viable direction.
I am grateful for the leadership and dedication of Ambassador Sharma; and I thank him for his contribution to strengthen our relationship between Nepal and the United States. He will be missed in Washington, and the Caucus wishes him best of luck in his future endeavors.