New Delhi Correspondent
Prime Minister’s Energy Adviser Dr Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury on Monday stressed regional collaboration to attain sufficiency in power and energy sectors.
The adviser, while addressing the ministerial session of the “Petrotech-2019” as the keynote speaker at India Expo Centre, Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India, said Bangladesh is expected to achieve universal access to electricity by next year.
“Unprecedented progress has taken place in power and energy sector of Bangladesh. Access to electricity increased from 45% in 2009 to over 90% in present, hoping to achieve universal access to electricity by 2020,” Tawfiq said in his speech “Petrotech Conference in Greater Noida near New Delhi, according to press release issued by the Bangladesh High Commission.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the bi-annual Conference which is dubbed as Asia’s largest international oil and gas conference and exhibition.
In his inaugural speech, Modi, among others, pointed out India’s growing cooperation with Bangladesh in power and energy sectors and expressed optimism that this partnership will continue to scale up. As many as 18 Ministers and 7,000 participants from 60 countries have attended this global event hosted by the Government of India.
Tawfiq, who addressed the ministerial session of the Conference as a keynote speaker, highlighted the progress Bangladesh has made in power and energy sectors since Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina assumed office in 2009.
He emphasized on the Bangladesh government’s efforts to ensure access to energy of all strata of the people in order to achieve sustainable development goals and need for regional collaboration to attain synergy in the power and energy sectors.
Tawfiq stressed the need for creative and innovative solutions for developing countries to meet the challenges ahead and cited the example of over five million houses having access to power through solar home system in Bangladesh. His remark that Bangladesh has the largest solar home system in the world drew a large round of applause from the delegates attending the conference.
On the sidelines of the Conference, the Bangladesh PM’s Energy Adviser met the Indian Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan and discussed the progress of bilateral projects. Both of them agreed to expedite these projects in order to fructify the common interests of the two countries, the press release said.