With an aim to increase mutual cooperation in power sector, a meeting of Bangladesh-Nepal Joint Working Group was held in a hotel in Cox’Bazar on Thursday.
In the meeting, the Bangladesh side was led by Dr Ahamad Kaikaus, Senior Secretary of Power Division while Nepal side was led by Denesh Kumar Ghini, Secretary for Power, Water Resources and Irrigation of Nepal.
Discussion on the ample possibility for establishing Water Electricity Centre in Nepal, and the necessity of electricity in Bangladesh was fruitful. They also discussed mutual power trading in the light of the variation of demand of electricity in different seasons in both the countries.
The secretaries of both the countries talked to the journalists in the evening after the meeting. The Senior Secretary said, “This is the second meeting between the two countries. Before this, the first Joint Steering Committee Meeting was held in Kathmandu, Nepal in December last. There has been fruitful discussion on the spelling out the possibility of the investment in the Water Electricity Centre of Nepal, and the participation of corporate bodies of Bangladesh in the electricity field of Nepal. And he further added about the identifying a probable project in order to finance the Nepal Electricity Centre and implement project jointly, determining the way of power trading in both the countries, and forming technical teams (general) and joint technical team (transmission) for verifying the possibility for transmission of electricity through cross border interconnection.”
“Importing of 500 megawatt electricity to Bangladesh from Apar Karnali Water Electricity Centre to be implemented in Nepal by GMR of Bharat, was also discussed” he added.