“Some companies approached us and told us that they would like to hire workers from Nepal,” a ministry official said, on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to talk about the ongoing negotiations on the labor agreement, as it also involves diplomatic relations between two countries. “It`s a good start,” he said. Under the agreement between the Japanese and Nepalese authorities, private recruitment agencies cannot hire and supply Nepalese workers. The agreement stipulates that recruitment must be carried out within the framework of a governmental modality to the administration (G2G). However, months after the signing of the agreement, no major progress has been made.