Dhaka for regional energy collaboration

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 22:42, Feb 11, 2019 | Updated : 22:45, Feb 11, 2019

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates the three-day biennial event, dubbed as the Asia’s largest international oil and gas conference and exhibition in Noida, India on Monday, Feb 11, 2019. Photo: CourtesyPrime Minister’s Energy Affairs Adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury has urged for regional collaboration to attain synergy in the power and energy sectors.
His call came on Monday (Feb 11) while addressing the ministerial session of the ‘Petrotech-2019’ as the keynote speaker at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, reports BSS.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the three-day biannual event dubbed as Asia’s largest international oil & gas conference and exhibition, according to a message received here.
Pointing out India’s growing cooperation with Bangladesh in the power and energy sectors, Modi expressed his optimism that this partnership will continue to scale up.
As many as 18 ministers and 7,000 participants from 60 countries are attending this global event hosted by the government of India.
Tawfiq highlighted the progress the government of Bangladesh has made in the power and energy sectors since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2009.
He emphasized the government’s endeavour to ensure access to energy of all strata of the people in order to achieve sustainable development goals.
The adviser further highlighted the speedy economic growth of Bangladesh along with the progress made in the broad swaths of human development indicators during the last 10 years of the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Unprecedented progress has taken place in power and energy sector,” he said, adding access to electricity increased from 45 percent in 2009 to over 90 percent now, hoping to achieve universal access to electricity by 2020.
The PM’s energy affairs stressed the need for creative and innovative solutions for developing countries to meet the challenges ahead.
He cited the example of over 5 million houses having access to power through the solar home system in Bangladesh.
On the sidelines of the event, Tawfiq met Indian Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and discussed with him progress of bilateral projects.
Both leaderships were in agreement to expedite these projects in the common interests of the two countries.