Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal: Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation,
Government of Nepal
Kindly Hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma MP
3pm-5pm Tuesday, 30th October, 2012
Committee Room 11, House of Commons
You are cordially invited to an afternoon meeting to acknowledge the visit of Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal, Minister for Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation, Government of Nepal who will be addressing the Parliament on the 'Nepalese Ongoing Peace Process: Prospects and Challenges'. We will also welcome other officials from Nepal and hopefully HE Dr Suresh Chalise, the Ambassador of Nepal to the UK (TBC). This visit and the opportunity to speak in Parliament has emerged with very short notice but it is a rare opportunity to hear from someone who has been highly involved with the peace process and building a renewed nation after a long term conflict.
Hon. Ek Nath Dhakal was born in 1974 in the Gorkha district of Nepal. He graduated from Tribhuvan University on Humanities and Social science. Dhakal received informal education from various prestigious educational institutions abroad. His public life started as an independent student leader. He also received many honours from both home and abroad including “Youth of the Year” award with gold medal on 2007. Dhakal is widely involved in Peace-building, Education, Politics, Youth Empowerment, International Relations and Human Rights as well as various projects related to Orphan Children, Underprivileged People and Environment Protection. Dhakal was elected to the Nepalese Parliament and Constituent Assembly on 2008 from the Nepal Family Party.
He served on various parliamentary committees such as Security Special Committee, International Relations and Human Rights Committee and Constitutional Committee. Dhakal is also a convener of the South Asia Peace Initiative. Since May 16, 2012, Dhakal has been serving as a Cabinet Minister of the Government of Nepal leading the Ministry of Co-operatives and Poverty Alleviation. Dhakal is married with Mrs. Blessie Gadon Dhakal.
Entrance is through St Stephen's Gate and Oliver Cromwell Green Security Unit. Please allow 20 minutes to pass through security.
Robin Marsh 07956210768
Margaret Ali 07723024750
Directions to the House of Commons Committee Room 11
Palace of Westminster/ Houses of Parliament
Please allow 20 – 30 minutes for passing through security and finding a Committee Room.
If coming by Tube:
Exit Westminster Tube station and cross Bridge Street. Walk down St Margaret’s Street as far as St. Stephens Entrance opposite the end of Westminster Abbey across the street.
Approach the police standing there and inform them that you are to attend the meeting, 'Nepalese Ongoing Peace Process: Prospect and Challenges', in Committee Room 11 in the House of Commons hosted by Mr Virendra Sharma MP. If possible bring the invitation letter – it is not absolutely necessary but makes the explanation easier.
The Police will direct you to the security entrance on Cromwell Green – down the ramp passing by the statue of Cromwell. You will pass through security and follow the signs into Westminster Hall. Walk through the length of the Hall and up the stairs at the far end and turn left. Walk through a narrower corridor with historic paintings on either side and ask the Police at the end where to find Committee Room 6. They will direct you straight through Central Lobby and up stairs to your right at the end of the corridor. Again when at the top of the stairs pass through the doors and ask the officials behind the reception desk where to find Committee Room 6.
Rail and Underground
Visitors travelling on the London Underground can use the District, Circle or Jubilee lines to get to Westminster station, which is fully wheelchair accessible. Victoria, Charing Cross and Waterloo mainline stations are about 20 minutes away by foot and have connecting buses.
Buses stop near Parliament Square in Victoria Street (opposite the Houses of Parliament) and further up towards Trafalgar Square, in Whitehall. All buses in London are now wheelchair accessible.
If you're travelling by foot, Westminster and Waterloo bridges are wheelchair accessible, as are the Golden Jubilee pedestrian bridges (the old Hungerford Bridge), which connect the South Bank with Victoria Embankment.
Members of the public cannot bring bicycles into the parliamentary estate. There are public bicycle racks a short distance away outside 7 Millbank.
There is a commercial car park near Victoria Tower, with advance booking for disabled bays. There are disabled parking spaces nearby in Great Peter Street, Smith Square, and by Methodist Central Hall on Matthew Parker Street. Coming by car is not recommended as parking is expensive and severely limited, and you will often be subject to the congestion charge.