Government of Nepal and France has been in talks for getting Nepal it’s first satellite and security printing services. The recent visit by the Minister of Communication and Information Technology Mr. Gokul Baskota has prepared necessary ground work to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between two countries. The MoU will be signed by the Prime Minister of Nepal Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli in his visit to France.
Nepal has been relying on satellites run by other countries and companies to broadcast the television networks, telecommunications, weather forecast and many more. The country also lets another country to print its money and other official documents. This has not only delayed the service delivery and concerns on privacy but also a huge amount of money has been going out of the country for this purpose.
The ministry has also said it will make compulsory for the financial institutions to print its ATM cards and other official documents in the government run security printing press. The press will be printing Nepali currency, passports, driving smart license, national identity card, SIM cards, stickers, postal tickets, land ownership documents and many more.
Regarding the satellite, France will help Nepal to prepare, launch and maintain the satellite. The state owned Nepal Television is by far paying huge amount of money for the satellite bandwidth. The telecom operators of the country are also using satellite services to deliver communication channels in the remote areas. If the country adopts its own satellite then all the bandwidth costs will remain inside the country and helps to save money. However the government has not yet planned to use the satellite service for military and security purpose. This step has been taken as a breakthrough in Nepal’s development.