Red Cross Society of China to provide $ 1.3 m to Nepal Red Cross for Central Warehouse construction

January 04, 2018

The Kathmandu Post, 4 Jan 2018

Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) and Nepal Red Cross Society (NRCS) signed an agreement regarding construction of Central Warehouse in Kathmandu on Thursday.

The agreement was inked by Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General of NRCS and Wang Haijing, Vice President of the Red Cross Society of China.

This RCSC support is based on the earthquake recovery framework of NRCS in which the China’s Red Cross is supporting the implementation of the warehouse construction project by providing financial assistance of 1.3 million USD.

Wang Haijing said, "RCSC will explore other areas of support to Nepal." Similarly, NRCS Chairman Thapa said, "The main objective of the signed project is to construct a central warehouse building of NRCS at Bhaktapur with adequate equipment and facilities."

A high level team from Red Cross Society of China (RCSC) is in Nepal for a 3-day visit. The RCSC team led by Wang Haijing comprises of Yu Liying, Deputy Director, Hai Liman, Head of International Cooperation Division and Chen Yue, International Cooperation Division, External Liaison Department.

Addressing the signing ceremony NRCS Secretary General Dev Ratna Dhakhwa highlighted the relevance of the warehouse construction project and said, "It was realised that the existing capacity of the NRCS warehouse was not enough to cope with mega disaster like earthquake of 2015. Likewise, it was learnt that it is not advisable to have a warehouse in the National Headquarters where access is limited for big vehicles."

Currently, NRCS is managing its central warehouses in temporary structures and rub halls. And other warehouses in different 11 strategic places of the country.