Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina Requests India’s Assistance In Promoting Green Energy

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File Photo of Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina requested India’s cooperation in promoting green energy in the country, especially hydropower-based projects.  These projects also involve Nepal & Bhutan for mutual benefit. “Both the countries could be benefitted from the hydropower generation in Nepal and Bhutan”, said the PM.

The request was made while in conversation with Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Foreign Secretary of India at the Prime Minister’s official residence ‘Ganabhaban’, when called upon.

The Foreign Secretary had arrived on day-two, duly conveying greetings of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina adorning the special occasion of the 50th anniversary of Maitri Diwas or Friendship Day.

The meeting was held  in order to review the wide array of cooperation points between the two neighbouring countries. As per the PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim, during their talks, other pending matters concerning Delhi-Dhaka bilateral ties were discussed as well.

These were in regard with furthering the IT sector cooperation by sharing new technologies, and re-establishing of the railway communication (Siliguri-Parbatipur, Dhaka-Siliguri, Dhaka-Jalpaiguri), as insisted upon by the Foreign Secretary.

The PM  claims that  a swooping 99% of Bangladesh has successfully come under proper electricity coverage. However, her government now envisions the incorporation of greener, cleaner and more sustainable sources. Special emphasis on solar power was observed.

According to the Foreign Secretary, India has expressed a strong desire to invest in renewable energy in Bangladesh. This was also witnessed in the presence of Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Vikram Kumar Doraiswami and Policy Adviser in the Ministry of External Affair, Ashok Malik.

A white statement with a concrete plan awaits next to officialise the green strategy between India and Bangladesh, as affecting Nepal and Bhutan, with more focus on hydro and solar power generation. 

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