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‘Bangladesh to work with Asia-Pacific region for sustainable energy’

BSS . Dhaka
19 Oct 2023 20:08:15 | Update: 19 Oct 2023 20:19:36
‘Bangladesh to work with Asia-Pacific region for sustainable energy’
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State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid on Thursday said Bangladesh will work in unison with the Asia-Pacific region to build a secure, sustainable and interconnected energy future.

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"Regional cooperation, strategic partnerships and policy coordination will realize the existing potential. There is a special need for collective and integrated initiatives to address the challenges of the existing energy system," he said.

The state minister made the remarks while addressing the 3rd Asia Pacific Energy Forum (APEF3) organized by ESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand, according to a press release.

United Nations (UN) Under Secretary General and UNESCAP Executive Secretary Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana presided over the forum while Thailand Deputy Prime Minister as well as Energy Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, and ministers and representatives from ESCAP member countries also spoke at the function.

Noting that the demand for primary fuel in this region including Bangladesh is increasing steadily, Nasrul said, "This demand is hampering the growing development. Cooperation in the Asia Pacific region must be enhanced to meet the demand". 

Bangladesh has given special importance to the expansion of renewable energy and is offering various benefits to investors, he said, adding that Bangladesh gives special importance to regional and sub-regional cooperation and connectivity. 

"Now 2,600MW electricity is being imported from India. The process of importing 40MW hydropower from Nepal is almost at the final state," the state minister said.

The process of importing more electricity from neighbouring countries through grid interconnection is underway, Nasrul said, adding that regional and sub-regional cooperation must be intensified to address climate change issues and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).