Foreign Investment in Nepal

Foreign investment in Nepal is regulated and administered by the Foreign Investment and Technology Transfer Act and Industrial Enterprises Act. The Department of Industries (DOI) is the sole agency for administration and implementation of the Foreign Investment and Technology Transfer Act in Nepal.

Forms of Foreign Investment (FI)

FI can be made in any industry in the following forms:

  1. Investment in shares (equity);
  2. Reinvestment of the earnings derived from equity;
  3. Investment made in the form of loans or loan facilities; and
  4. Investment in kinds, e.g. machineries and equipment.

However, as per the  decision of the Governemnt made on September 5, 2012,  the minimum amount of FDI has increased  to NPR 5 million for each investor from USD 20,000 ( Approximately NPR 1.6 million).

Areas allowed for FI

Foreign investors are permitted to own up to 100% equity share in any industries except the following:

  1. Cottage industries (except industries using electricity more than 5 kW)
  2. Personal service businesses (e.g. hair cutting, beauty slaon, tailoring, driving training, etc.)
  3. Arms and ammunition industries
  4. Gunpowder and explosives
  5. Industries related to radio-active materials
  6. Real estate business (excluding construction industries)
  7. Film industries (national languages and other recognized languages of Nepal)
  8. Security printing
  9. Bank notes and coins
  10. Retail business (excluding international chain retail businesses with business in at least two countries)
  11. Tobacco (excluding more than 90% exportable)
  12. Internal courier service
  13. Atomic energy
  14. Poultry
  15. Fisheries
  16. Bee keeping
  17. Consultancy services (e.g. management, accounting, engineering, legal services); (Maximum of 51% FI is allowed)
  18. Processing of food grains on rent
  19. Local catering Services
  20. Rural tourism

Entry Conditions on Investment

FITTA 1992 allows foreigners to invest only in private limited companies and in public limited companies registered with the Company Register Office (CRO). They are not allowed to invest in proprietorship or partnership firms.

“Private Limited Company” means a company which by its articles:

  1. Limits the number of its shareholders from 1 to 50, excluding persons who are in the employment of the company, and
  2. Prohibits any invitation to the public to subscribe in its shares.

“Public Limited Company” means a company that:

  1. Has a minimum number of 7 shareholders (there is no maximum limit), and
  2. Offers shares and debentures to the public through a prospectus which complies with the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 and Securities Act 2007.

FDI Approval process of Nepal

Present FDI Approval process

  • Once the applicant submits the application with required documentation at the registration unit, it goes to the Director General who then forwards it to the FDI Director.
  • The documents are assessed by the officers and staff at the FDI section.
  • The application is presented in the FDI approval committee.
  • Copies of the project reports must be sent to the License Director and Technical Director prior to the meeting.
  • The members of the committee study the documents, discuss it objectively, and express their concerns, if any.
  • Even if there are concerns expressed or other documents to be received, the applications are generally recommended for final approval with the condition that the concerns are addressed and the documents received.
  • Once these conditions are fulfilled, the application is sent to the Director General for final approval. It takes 5-10 days for FDI approval, from the application date.

FDI Approval Procedure

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After obtaining approval for foreign investment, the industry is required to apply for registration of industry at the DOI within 35 days. If the registration cannot be done within the stipulated time, the investor will have to apply for an extension of the validity period.

Note: If the capital investment is more than NRs. 10 billion, the Investment Board can directly deal with the investor, and the procedure will be followed accordingly.

Foreign Equity Investment in a New Industry

Documents required:
SNDocumentNo. of Copies
1Project Report3
2Joint Venture Agreement (JVA), in case of more than one investor3
3Citizenship certificate of local party or Certificate of Incorporation, including Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association if the local party is a company1
4Copy of passport of foreign party or Certificate of Incorporation, including Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association if the party is a company1
5Bio-data / Company profile of the foreign party1
6Financial Credibility Certificate (FCC) of the Foreign Investor provided by a home country bank or domiciled country bank1
7Authority letter from the concerned companies or individuals to carry out any necessary work on their behalf, if applicable

Deposits and Fees

The fees need to be deposited at the time of Foreign Investment Approval, and are refundable after the operation of industry.

(Amount in Nepalese Rupees)

Range of Fixed AssetDeposit
Fixed assets less than or equal to 2,500,0004,000
2,500,000 less than (Fixed assets) less than or equal to 5,000,0007,000
5,000,000 less than (Fixed assets) less than or equal to 10,000,00010,000
10,000,000 less than Fixed assets20,000

The amount shall be deposited at the Nepal Rastra Bank Account number SA.A. 131232

The non-refundable fees for the Company Registration:

Range of Authorized CapitalFee
500,000 less than (Authorized Capital) less than or equal to 2,500,0009,500
2,500,000 less than (Authorized Capital) less than or equal to 10,000,00016,000
10,000,000 less than (Authorized Capital) less than or equal to 20,000,00019,000

Similarly, an additional fee will be calculated at the rate of NPR 30 per NPR 100,000 of authorized capital.

Technology Transfer

Technology transfer is possible even in areas where foreign investment is not allowed.

Forms of Technology Transfer to be made under an agreement between an industry and a foreign investor include:

  1. Use of any technological right, specialization, formula, process, patent or technical know-how of foreign origin;
  2. Use of any trademark of foreign ownership; and
  3. Acquisition of any foreign technical consultancy, management and marketing service.
Documents required:
SNDocumentNo. of Copies
1Technology Transfer Agreement (TTA)3
2Citizenship certificate of local party or Certificate of Incorporation, including Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association, if local party is a company1
3Copy of passport of foreign party/or Certificate of Incorporation, including Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association, if the party is a company1
4Bio-data / Company profile of the foreign party1
5Industry Registration Certificate1
6Copy of the minutes of the Board of the recipient company1
7Authority letter from the concerned companies or individuals to carry out any necessary work on their behalf, if applicable

Foreign Investment in an Existing Industry by Share Transfer

Documents required:
SNDocumentNo. of Copies
1Request from the share transferor
2Request from the share transferee
3Share Transfer Agreement3
4Copy of minutes of the Board meeting of Nepalese company regarding inclusion of foreign investor into the company1
5Copy of minutes of Board meeting, Certificate of Incorporation and company profile of the foreign party if the party is a company1
6Copy of passport and Bio-data of foreign party, if party is an individual1
7Financial Credibility Certificate of the Foreign Investor provided by a bank1
8Current Share Holders’ List as certified by the Company Registrar’s Office1
9Auditor’s Report1
10Tax clearance certificate1
11Authority letter(s) from the companies concerned to sign on behalf of the companies

Loan Investment in an Existing Nepalese Industry

Documents required:
SNDocumentNo. of Copies
1Loan Agreement3
2Certificate of Incorporation, including Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the lending agency1
3Certificate of Incorporation, including Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the lending agency1
4Industry Registration Certificate1
5Copy of the minute of the Board of the recipient company regarding the loan to be acquired1
6Authority letter from the concerned companies or individuals to carry out any necessary work on their behalf, if applicable

Doing Business in Nepal

Summary of procedures for starting a business in Nepal—and the time and cost

SNProcedureTime to completeCost to complete
1Verify the uniqueness of the proposed company name Verification of the uniqueness of a company name can now be done online. To reserve the available company name, the company must submit an application to the Office of the Company Registrar. The company name reservation can also be completed online for no charge.1 dayNo Charge
2A professional verifies and certifies the memorandum and articles of association Although professional verification or certification prior to submission to the official agency is no longer required, entrepreneurs continue to use the services of professionals in practice for verifying and drafting the memorandum and articles of association. This is mainly done to avoid mistakes since there are no standard memorandum and articles of association’s forms that entrepreneurs can use.5 daysNPR 10,000 depending on the professional’s charges
3Buy a stamp to be attached to registration form1 dayNPR 5
4Register at the Office of the Company Registrar, Department of IndustryTo register a company, the promoter must submit an application as prescribed by the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, and Supplies. Online filing of the required documents has been introduced. The registration fee is based on the company’s authorized capital:Up to NPR 100,000 (authorized capital): NPR 1,000.00NPR 100,001 to NPR 500,000: NPR 4,500.00NPR 500,001 to NPR 2,500,000: NPR 9,500.00NPR 2,500,001 to NPR 10,000,000: NPR 16,000.00NPR 10,000,001 to NPR 20,000,000: NPR 19,000.00NPR 20,000,001 to NPR 30,000,000: NPR 22,000.00NPR 30,000,001 to NPR 40,000,000: NPR 25,000.00NPR 40,000,001 to NPR 50,000,000: NPR 28,000.00NPR 50,000,001 to NPR 60,000,000: NPR 31,000.00NPR 60,000,001 to NPR 70,000,000: NPR 34,000.00NPR 70,000,001 to NPR 80,000,000: NPR 37,000.00NPR 80,000,001 to NPR 90,000,000: NPR 40,000.00NPR 90,000,001 to NPR 100,000,000: NPR 43,000.00More than NPR 100,000,000: NPR 43,000 plus NPR 30 for each additional NPR 100,000.7 daysNPR 9,500
5Make a company rubber stamp1 dayNPR 275
6Register for VAT and income Tax with the Inland Revenue Office, the Ministry of Finance The company must disclose the office address and withhold 10% tax of the rent for at least 3 months and deposit it to the tax office. If the company’s objectives include goods or services subject to VAT, both registrations (VAT and income tax) should be obtained simultaneously.1 dayNo Charge
7Enroll the employees in the Provident Fund From the basic salary of each employee, 10 % is deducted each month, and a matching contribution is made by employer. The contribution is made to the provident fund and released on employee retirement. The employer also has to pay gratuity on retirement of an employee at the rate prescribed by labor regulation. Both of these rules are applicable only if the company appoints 10 or more employees.1 dayNo Charge

Source: Doing Business – 2014, Economy Profile, Nepal

Summary of procedures for dealing with construction permits in Nepal —and the time and cost

SNProcedureTime to completeCost to complete
1Purchase building permit application from KathmanduMetropolitan City (KMC)1 dayNPR 1,000
2Request and obtain temporary building permitThe 35 days are divided as follows:Day 1: BuildCo submits the drawings to the municipality along with a copy of the title certificate.Day 2: The municipality forwards the file to the municipality ward office where the land is located.Day 4: The ward office checks the field and sends a notice to the site’s neighbors.Day 8: Start of the maturation of notice period.Day 23: Start of the local inquiry done by the ward office.Day 27: The ward office sends the file back to the municipality.Day 29: The municipality starts the process of issuing a temporary approval of the drawings. At least one of the neighbors must give their consent in order for the project to be approved. Otherwise, the builder can submit a “commitment letter” certifying that he is responsible for any potential dispute in the future. This can delay the approval process to around 2 months. An applicant must submit the following documents along with the building permit application:Identity document of the owner (or Company Registration Certificate)Certification by a registered architect or engineerCadastral extractProof of land ownership/leaseBuilding PlansLot planProof of tax paymentStructural plans (not required for buildings with ground coverage area of less than 1,000 sq.ft and less than 3 stories)The originals of all documents must be demonstrated when submitting the copies to the Urban Development Department of Kathmandu Metropolitan City.The building permit fee is calculated as follows:Built-up area up to 3,000 sq.ft: 10.00 rupees per sq.ftBuilt-up area between 3,001 and 5,000 sq.ft: 15.00 rupees per sq.ftBuilt-up area 5,001 sq.ft and above: 20.00 rupees per sq.ftFor apartment housing and group housing, the application fee is a flat 25.00 rupees per sq.ft.In addition to the building permit fee, the Urban Development Department also charges a Designer Fee of 2,000.00 rupees. The project designer must be licensed by the Department. The license is called Certificate of Designer and is renewed every year at the Municipality.The annual fee is 3,000.00 rupees. The Municipality charges an additional 2,000.00 rupees for each building design.35 daysNPR 282,000
3*Receive inspection from respective wardThe ward office visits the site and distributes a notice to neighbors.1 dayNo Charge
4Request permanent building permitThe company applies for the permanent building permit once the construction has reached plinth level.1 dayNo Charge
5* Receive plinth inspection from the MunicipalityBefore issuance of the construction permit, an on-site inspection is conducted by an official from the municipality or the Town Development Committee to ensure that the construction (up to plinth level) conforms to the approved drawings. The company’s engineer or architect has to be present during the inspection.1 dayNo Charge
6Obtain permanent building permitAfter inspecting the construction site, the municipality engineer writes a “site report” and issues a permit for construction above the plinth level.30 daysNo Charge
7Request completion certificate1 dayNo Charge
8* Receive final inspection from the MunicipalityBefore issuance of the completion certificate, the municipality conducts an on-site inspection to check if the construction conforms to the approved drawings.An inspector visits the site in 2-3 days after the request for completion certificate and writes a report to the more senior engineer.1 dayNo Charge
9Obtain completion certificateThere will be 4 signatures on the completion certificate: (1) junior engineer, (2) senior engineer, (3) chief engineer of Kathmandu Metropolitan City and (4) departmental engineer. It takes approximately 7 days to get the certificate after the inspection. These signatures are required for any kind of permit.30 daysNo Charge
10Request and obtain water and sewage connectionBuildCo submits an application for water and sewerage service to the drinking water and sewerage offices. The drinking and sewerage offices then send their recommendation to the road department to grant permission to dig the road for the connection. The Department of Roads then grants its permission to dig the road. The tap and sewer connection is then carried out.15 daysNRP 8,000
11* Receive inspection from water and sewage offices1 dayNo Charge
12* Obtain Telecommunications ConnectionThe client must fill out the application form and submit it to NTC together with company registration certificate, PAN, etc. NTC will check the junction box and give client the quote (deposit, connection fee, etc.).7 daysNRP 2,200
13* Receive Telecommunications Inspection1 dayNo Charge

* Takes place simultaneously with another procedure.

Source: Doing Business – 2014, Economy Profile, Nepal

Summary of procedures for getting electricity in Nepal—and the time and cost

SNProcedureTime to completeCost to complete
1Submit application to Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) and await site inspectionThe photocopy of documents needed to be submitted along with application form mentioning the load in kW / MW and type of voltage (low voltage/medium voltage/high voltage) are: citizenship of owner, land deed, certificate issued from the commerce department to operate the warehouse, tax registration certificate, construction approval certificate from the municipality, contract agreement between land owner and warehouse runner, if the land is leased.No need of notarization, NEA personnel will attest after verification with the original copies. Approval of load estimate – In this case an approval from Regional director or Manager may be required – decided on case by case basis and in about 50% of cases, this might be so. 7 calendar daysNPR 50.00
2Nepal Electricity Authority conducts site inspection, verifies load estimate and provides estimated costIt is expected that someone from owner’s side is present during external site inspection to answer any questions that NEA personnel might have.NEA personnel will make a visit to site to ascertain the appropriateness of the place where the energy meter is to be installed, and also they check the transformer installed at consumer’s site (As per NEA rule, the consumer has to install his own transformer for the load above 50kVA.).Approval of load estimate is needed to decide how much of a supply is needed for the building. – In this case an approval from Regional director or Manager may be required – decided on case by case basis, and in about 50% of cases, this might be so.7 calendar daysNo Charge
3Get transformer tested at NEA lab and complete connection worksCost includes purchase of Poles, Insulators, Transformer (150KVA), cutout, lightning arrestor, earthing materials, hardwares, drop cable, MCCB, meter box and other fitting materials. Cost also includes purchase of Distribution transformer.Distribution Transformer can only by purchased after approval of load estimate. Availability of DTs in ready stock is not always the case, and there is always some waiting time. The transformer has to be tested for quality as it has been purchased privately. The installation of the transformer is done by a private contractor.35 calendar daysNPR 754,005.00
4Submit test report and request and receive site inspectionCustomer has to make payment, submit NEA test report.7 calendar daysNPR 35,500.00
5NEA performs external connection, and electricity starts flowing14 calendar daysNo Charge

Source: Doing Business – 2014, Economy Profile, Nepal

Summary of procedures for registering property in Nepal—and the time and cost

SNProcedureTime to completeCost to complete
1Obtain tax clearance certificate and certificate of access and building from the Municipality (relevant ward committee)The seller must go to the local government to certify the type of road that adjoins the property. Kathmandu municipality is divided into 25 wards. The seller has to go to the ward committee to take the certificate in one day and it costs Rs 3000. At the same time, he can obtain a tax clearance letter. A tax clearance certificate must be obtained from the Municipality regarding the payment of the property tax.If the property is not yet registered in the Municipality for tax purposes then it might take a few days to collect the necessary papers of building permit, land deed, land revenue papers, field visit of municipal engineers to verify and assess the property, etc. In any case it should not take more than seven days.2 daysThe cost of obtaining certificate is different in different municipality. In Kathmandu Municipal corporation it cost NPR.105 to 1005 for obtaining certificate of access and building.NPR 5,000 for main road.NPR 3,000 for side road.NPR 2,000 for gravel road.NPR 1,000 for track road.Obtaining the Tax clearance certificate involvesPayment of land revenue andPayment of land and building property tax.This tax is applicable only for plots containing buildings of any kind and if it is situated in municipal area.
2Hire lekhandas or a junior lawyerLegally, the parties can prepare the transfer deed by themselves, but normally it is done by the lekhandas, or scribes.1 dayNPR 7000
3Registration of the deed and issuance of a new title certificateThe transfer deed is submitted for registration to the Land Revenue Office. The authenticity of the seller is checked by the Land Revenue Office against the Citizenship Certificate. The existence of liens or encumbrances on the property is also checked on the same day by the Land Revenue Office.The registration fee (4.5% of property price in case of municipal areas, according to Finance Act of 2065 Nepalese calendar (2008), implemented in June 2008) is paid at the Land Revenue Office at the moment of applying for registration. Parties must sign and thumb print on the transfer deed. After the verifications of all documents by the officer, the transfer deed will be registered and the title certificate will usually be issued on the same day.The documentation shall include:Land Ownership Certificate (already in possession of the seller)Citizenship Certificate of seller and buyer or/ Incorporation Certificate of CompanyTax clearance certificate from the Municipality/ Village Development Committee (obtained in Procedure 1)2 days4.5% of propertyprice (registration fee)========================

Source: Doing Business – 2014, Economy Profile, Nepal

Industries Permissible for Foreign Investment

Industry CategoryMaximum FDI PermissibleName of the competent authority (Regulator)Relevant Acts & PoliciesRemarks
Manufacturing100%Department of IndustryIndustrial Enterprises Act, 1992No additional procedures required except for certain industries which required special permission
Financial Services/Banks and Finance Companies and Branch Office of a Foreign Bank(20 to 85)%Nepal Rastra BankNepal Rastra Bank ActForeign Investment and Technology Transfer Act (FITTA)Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA)Approval of Nepal Rastra Bank required thereafter, registration of the company is to be done and application filed for license to operate a bank, or financial institution
Airline Industry(49 to 95)%Civil Aviation Authority of NepalThe Aviation Policy 2063 (2006)Civil Aviation Act, 2053, Civil Aviation Rules, 2052 (1996)FDI is permissible in domestic airlines, international airlines, flying schools and repair and maintenance work
Telecommunications80%Nepal Telecommunication Authority, Ministry of Information and CommunicationTelecommunication ActApproval of Nepal Telecommunication Authority is required to operate services and obtain license prior to operation
Roads, Ropeways, Cable car100%Transport Management Office
Media & Advertising – TV, Radio and Newsprint100%Ministry of Information and CommunicationThe Nepal Broadcasting Regulation, 2052 (1995)National Broadcasting Act 2049 (1993)The MOCI and NTA provides license for establishing media and broadcasting business in Nepal
Pharmaceutical & Chemical Industries100%Department of Health ServicesIndustrial Enterprises Act Drug ActApproval from the Department of Drug Administration for setting up the industry, manufacturing and selling the drug is required
Textile and Garment100%Department of IndustryIndustrial Enterprises ActNo specific requirements
Agriculture and Dairy100%Ministry of Agriculture and Co-operativesNo specific requirements
Consultancy and Management Services51%No SpecificForeign Investment and Technology Transfer Act (FITTA)Accountancy, Engineering, Legal & Management Services not allowed
Mining100%Department of MinesDepartment of mines and Geology (Department) ActMines and Minerals Act, 2050 (1993)Mines and Minerals Regulations, 2056 (1999)License from the Department of Mines has to be obtained for mining activities in Nepal
Hydro-Power Generation100%Department of Electricity DevelopmentElectricity ActElectricity RulesApproval from the DOED is required prior to operation of the industry
Power TradeDepartment of Electricity DevelopmentElectricity ActElectricity RulesExport of power to India is permitted for companies generating electricity
Transmission Lines100%Department of Electricity DevelopmentElectricity ActElectricity Rules
Hotels, Resorts & Restaurant100%Ministry of TourismTourism Policy, Tourism ActApproval from the Department of Tourism required for operating restaurant, hotels, resorts
IT & IT enabled (BPO, KPO)100%Department of Science and TechnologyIT ActNo specific requirements
Vocational, Educational Training and Coaching100%No specificForeign Investment and Technology Transfer ActOnly Skill Training and Language allowed
Hospitals & other Medical Services100%Ministry of Health & PopulationNepal Health Professional Act,Nepal Medical CouncilApproval from the Ministry of Health is required for establishing hospitals and providing medical services
Recreational Health Centers100%Ministry of Health & Population
Solid Waste Disposal & Management100%Ministry of Environment, Science and TechnologyEnvironment Protection Act
Film Industry100%Cinema Board of NepalMotion picture (Production, Exhibition and Distribution) Act 2026 (1969) and RulesFilm produced in the language if the nation not allowed (FITTA, 1992)
Cargo Industry100%No specificDomestic Cargo not permitted under FDI
Medical Education100%Ministry of EducationMoHP’s Directive on Establishment, Operation, Standards and Infrastructure of Private and Non-governmental Health Institution, 2061Affiliation to a University has to be entered into and approval from the Ministry of Education required
Engineering Education100%Ministry of EducationTechnical Education Policy of Ministry of EducationApproval is granted under the Technical Education Policy of Ministry of Education
Management Education100%
Insurance & Re-insuranceJV Company Branch OfficeInsurance BoardInsurance Act and related directivesApproval from the Insurance Board has to be obtained prior to commencement of business in Nepal
Construction100%No SpecificLocal Self Governance ActApproval from the Department of Road, Transport and Physical Planning required
Thermal & Alternative/ Renewable energy100%Ministry of EnergyElectricity ActAllowed only in Energy Generation

Source : Nepal-India Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Doing Business in Nepal (A Guide for Indian Investors)

Treatment and Protection of Foreign Investors

Nepal has entered into Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) with six countries, these are;

CountryAgreementDate of Agreement
IndiaAgreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of India for the Promotion and Protection of InvestmentOctober 21, 2011
FinlandAgreement between the Government of Nepal and the Government of Republic of Finland on the Promotion and Protection of InvestmentFebruary 3, 2009
MauritiusAgreement between the Government of the Republic of Mauritius and His Majesty’s Government of Nepal for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of InvestmentsAugust 3, 1999
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandAgreement between His Majesty’s Government of Nepal and the Government of the for the Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the Promotion and Protection of InvestmentsMarch 2, 1993
GermanyTreaty between the Federal Republic of Germany and the Kingdom of Nepal concerning the Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of InvestmentsOctober 20, 1986
FranceAgreement between His Majesty’s Government of Nepal and the Government of the Republic of France on the Reciprocal Promotion and Protection InvestmentsMay 2, 1983
  • Nepal and USA entered on Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) on April, 2011.

National Treatment

  • Industries established with foreign investment are entitled to enjoy all the facilities and incentives including income tax facilities as provided to the local investors.

Non-discrimination

  • There is no discrimination between a Nepali and foreign investors, and among various foreign investors in matters of licensing, incorporation, tax, availability of visa, labor relation and repatriation.
  • There are two exceptions with respect to India:
  1. Indian workers do not require a visa.
  2. Indian investors can invest and repatriate in Indian currency, whereas third country investors can do so only in convertible currencies.
  • Furthermore, some differential treatment may occur with investors from countries with which Nepal has entered into BIPPA.

Dispute Settlement

  • For industries with fixed assets investment of up to NRs. 500 million, if the dispute cannot be settled by mutual consultations in the presence of the DOI, it shall be settled by arbitration in accordance with the prevailing arbitration rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
  • The arbitration should be held in Kathmandu
  • The laws of Nepal shall be applicable in arbitration
  • For industries with fixed assets investment of above NRs. 500 millions, disputes may be settled as mentioned in the Joint Venture Agreement/Share Purchase Agreement.

Repatriation

Foreign investor making investment in foreign currency shall be entitled to repatriate the following amounts:

  1. The amount received by the sale of the share of foreign investment as a whole or any part thereof;
  2. The amount received as profit or dividend from foreign investment;
  3. The amount received as the payment of principal or interest on any foreign loan;
  4. The amount received under the agreement for the technology transfer in such currency as set forth in the concerned agreement as approved by the DOI; and/authorized