On January 11, 2017, the Graduation Ceremony of the First Chinese Language Training Course for Nepali Tourism Professionals, organized by the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Nepal and Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal and co-organized by Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) and Nepal China Cultural and Educational Council (NCCEC), was held at Nepal Tourism Board.
Ambassador Yu Hong, Mr. Shankar Prasad Adhikari, Secretary of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal, Mr. Deepak Joshi, CEO of NTB and Dr. Harish Shah, President of NCCEC were present. Ambassador Yu Hong and Secretary Adhikari awarded certificates to the graduates.
In her speech, Ambassador Yu Hong expressed that China and Nepal are friendly neighbors linked by mountains and rivers. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1955, the bilateral relations have made healthy and steady progress. The two countries signed a series of significant agreements with the aim of promoting bilateral relations and strengthening pragmatic cooperation during the former Nepali Prime Minister Oli's visit to China in March, 2016. The Chinese side announced to provide Chinese language training in Nepal for 200 Nepali tourism professionals in the coming five years. This training course was an important achievement for implementing the bilateral cooperation in cultural area.
Ambassador said that the language is the bridge of communication and the link of culture. She wished that the graduates could introduce Nepal to the tourists from China in Chinese language so that the people's mutual understanding could be promoted and the friendship between the peoples could be consolidated and deepened.
Secretary Adhikari expressed that the Chinese language became more important with the rapid development of Chinese economy. It is significant for the Nepali people to learn Chinese language. The tourism would be further promoted by this training course.
At the graduation ceremony, the representative of graduates said that he had a renewed understanding on the Chinese language and culture after the 6-month study and would like to continue learning Chinese language and make contribution to the China-Nepal friendship and the development of Nepal.
In the warm and friendly atmosphere, the graduates sang some popular Chinese songs such as Friends, to express the unforgettable friendships gained during the training period and appreciate the friendships between the two countries and two peoples.