China won't build coal-based power plants in Bangladesh: Ambassador
Published : Tuesday, 28 September, 2021 at 10:32 PM Count : 336
Chinese Ambassador in Bangladesh Li Jiming on Tuesday said that his country would not build any new coal-based power plants in Bangladesh.
"China will also strongly support Bangladesh's green and low-carbon energy development, and will no longer build new coal based power projects in the country," he said at the 7th Council of Chinese Enterprise Association in Bangladesh (CEAB) and China-Bangladesh Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum virtually, says a press release..
China has engaged efforts to achieve its carbon peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, he said.
China is also looking forward for signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on building cooperation with Bangladesh on the basis of government-to-government (G2G) and public-private partnership (PPP) in the fields of economic and trade cooperation, Li Jiming said.
At present, 97 per cent of Bangladeshi products enjoy duty-free export to China. Bangladesh's exports to China have grown double digits, he said.
Salman F Rahman, prime minister's private industry and investment advisor, in his remarks expressed willingness to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to further deepening the economic and trade cooperation between Bangladesh and China.
He urged the Chinese businesses to take part in Bangladesh investment summit to be held in November next.
CEAB president Ke Changliang, BIDA executive chairman Sirazul Islam, BEPZA executive chairman Major General Md Nazrul Islam, FBCCI president Md Jashim Uddin, DCCI president Rizwan Rahman and BCCCI president Gazi Golam Murtoza, among others, spoke.
CEAB is an organisation of more than 260 members belonging to large-scale Chinese companies in Bangladesh.
Earlier, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid said the government decided to review all but three of 29 coal-based plants in the pipeline.
The three coal-based likely to be continued are in Rampal in Bagerhat, Matarbari in Chattogram and Payra in Patuakhali funded by China, Japan and India respectively.