France and Nepal
In Kathmandu, France has an embassy, a branch of the Alliance Française with over 800 students, and a French school.
In 2007, the Nepalese Secretary of Women, Children and Social Welfare visited France. The France-Nepal friendship group of the French Senate travelled to Nepal in 2009.
Our bilateral trade with Nepal is limited, totalling €31.5 million in 2014 (€33.2 million in 2013), with a trade surplus of €1.5 million for France (€16.5 million in French exports and €15 million in French imports in 2014). French exports are mainly in the fields of publishing and software, as well as aeronautics (two Airbus A320 aircraft and eight Eurocopter “Squirrel” helicopters in 2013), while 80% of our imports from Nepal consist of textiles. French investment in Nepal is limited (stock of €800,000 in 2014) and concentrated in the hospitality and catering sectors.
Nepal enjoys preferential access to the EU market under the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and signed an agreement with France on 2 May 1983 on the protection and promotion of investments, which remains in force.
The Alliance Française branch is the central pillar of our cultural and academic cooperation. Over 800 students are enrolled in its language classes. The establishment has an excellent reputation. An initiative to promote the French language has been launched at secondary school level, involving around 500 pupils. This cooperation and cultural action is supplemented by a bilingual French primary school with around fifty pupils. The organization of an annual arts and environment festival, “Planet Nepal”, has been well-received by the Nepalese public and media.