State minister for power and energy Nasrul Hamid has urged the ESCAP member countries to enhance cooperation amongst themselves in the energy sector.
‘Uninterrupted energy supply could be a bridge of friendship and development among the members of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific,’ he said while addressing the seminar on Towards SDG7: Empowering the Excluded with Affordable and Renewable Energy at Bangkok in Thailand.
Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok and Bangladesh’s ministry of power, energy and mineral resources jointly organised the seminar.
Tuvalu prime minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga, vice-chairman of the Thai National Reform Steering Assembly Alongkorn Ponlaboot, deputy minister for power and renewable energy of Sri Lanka Ajith P Perera, and advisor of Asian Development Bank Yongping Zhai also addressed the seminar.
Power Cell director general Mohammad Hossain made a presentation on Bangladesh Power sector at the seminar while Bangladesh Ambassador in Thailand Sayda Muna Tasmeem moderated the function.
The state minister said Bangladesh has laid out its Vision 2021 to reach electricity to every doorstep of its citizens where it was outlined to import 6500 MW electricity from regional countries.
He mentioned this electricity will be imported under regional or sub-regional cooperation. ‘So, ESCAP member countries can play a vital role in this regard to cooperate with Bangladesh,’ he added.
He said Bangladesh will generate 10 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources as part of the plan. The government has already unveiled a plan on renewable energy development.
The junior minister said Bangladesh has already begun importing electricity from India while import of power from Nepal and Bhutan has reached an advanced stage.
‘Discussion is on to utilize Myanmar as a route to import electricity from South-East Asia. BIMSTEC could be a good platform for this import while ESCAP can play a role of coordinator,’ he said.
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