An interesting suggestion from a reader here:
Forgive me. I am just a random UK citizen and I realise this is a difficult and busy time for you and Nepal. So I will brief. I have just read Carole Cadwalladr’s piece in the Guardian. I think she’s dead right but she left out one point. Increased trade is the key to the long term development of Nepal. Thus I propose that you ask, hint, suggest (as well as welcoming well meaning offers of relief) that you sieze the opportunity of the current sentiment to ask the British government/ political parties to abolish all tariff barriers and quotas between our countries.
I will be suggesting this in other quarters, if any of your staff have figures for the current restrictions on trade the EU provide please ask them to email me.
With great repect.
I expect that there’s not really much in the way of EU tariff barriers on products from Nepal. As a very poor place it will have exemptions from pretty much everything. And the horrible textiles controls have pretty much gone these days. except, of course, for food, which is one place where a poor rural country might be able to do well. But trade is, in the medium term at least, the way that poverty is beaten so it’s a good idea to remove whatever restrictions do exist.