Nepal and South Korea discuss criterias for EPS test

Kathmandu: In response to the recent tragedy during a protest related to the Employment Permit System (EPS) language test, the Nepali government engaged in talks with South Korean Ambassador to Nepal, Park Tae-Young. The EPS allows Nepali nationals to work in Korea under a bilateral agreement.

The meeting, held on Tuesday at the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security, involved Secretary Kewal Prasad Bhandari and Ambassador Park. The discussion addressed the government’s decision to permit Nepali youth, previously engaged in shipbuilding, to apply for jobs in the manufacturing sector.

The proposal from Nepal received a positive response from the Korean side. Ministry of Labour spokesperson Rajeev Pokharel stated that the technical teams of both countries are working to resolve issues within the EPS system.

Presently, around 175,000 Nepali citizens are awaiting the opportunity to work in Korea after successfully passing the Korean language test, as reported by the ministry.

During the meeting, the Korean side expressed condolences for the tragic incident that occurred in Balkumari last Friday, extending sympathy to the families of the deceased and paying tribute to the youths who lost their lives.