Bangladesh Heritage Foundation hosts international conference
Bangladesh Heritage Foundation and Jawaharlal Nehru University jointly organized an International Conference yesterday on "India-Bangladesh Energy Cooperation: Policy Issues and orientations" at Sufia Kamal Auditorium, Bangladesh National Museum, Shahbagh, Dhaka. This conference was chaired by WaliurRahma, Chairman of Bangladesh Heritage Foundation and Dr. Sanjay K Bhardwaj in two sessions, says a press release.
From India, Dr. Sanjay K Bhardwaj, PhD, Professor and Chairperson, Centre for South Asian Studies; Professor S D Muni, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Professor Muchkund Dubey, former Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh and Chairman of the Asian Development Research Institute, Patna presented papers. From Bangladesh Mollah M Amzad Hossain, Editor, Journal, Energy and Power; Engr Khondkar Abdus Saleque, Cpeng and FIEB, International Energy Consultant, Melbourne Australia; Rafiqul Islam, Director, Training, Bangladesh Power Management Institute (BPMI) presented papers.
In the conference Professor Mohammad Tamim, Pro-Vice Chancellor, BRAC University; Dr. Badrul Imam, Professor, Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Masud Ahmed, Honorary, Fellow, CIPFA (UK) Former Comptroller and Auditor General of Bangladesh presented their significant speeches. Besides, this conference was attended by concerned energy and power sector experts from Bangladesh and India.
Dr. Sanjay K Bhardwaj said that, over the last few years, India has been exploring multiple options for the formulation of its energy policy (domestic and overseas), multiple fuels, and multiple suppliers to sustain the economic growth of the country. To address this growing demand, the energy surplus countries provide brighter prospects of energy cooperation that will not only determine their national economic expansion plans, but will also bring underserved local populations onto the grid and into the economy.
Waliur Rahman said that, Energy cooperation between Bangladesh and India is the pre-condition of energy security of Bangladesh. To achieve the demand of Bangladesh, it needs regional connectivity with India as well as with Nepal and Bhutan. These countries have surplus hydro potential that Bangladesh can use through regional connectivity. Bangladesh has larger possibilities in energy sector; but it needs managerial skill development for efficient cross border trading and inter-state cooperation.
Engr Khondkar Abdus Saleque said that, power generation and power demand vary differently in each South Asian nation due to seasonal variation. Bangladesh has low power demand from November to February while Bhutan and Nepal have high power demand during this time. Bangladesh can export power to Bhutan and Nepal. He also added that, regional collaboration in sharing power and cross-border power trade will benefit all south Asian countries.
Besides this, distinguished speakers recommended that Bangladesh need to establish medium and large size power projects, set up coal-based power plants, explore hydro power from Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar and gas from Myanmar through cross border energy trade and to complete Multi Client Seismic Survey.