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Monday, December 29, 2014, Poush 15, 1421, Robiul Awal 6, 1436 Hijr

South Asian energy talks soon
Published : Monday, 29 December, 2014,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 145

Saleem Samad
Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said that four South Asian countries - India, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan- would soon hold a dialogue for comprehensive multilateral talks on cross-border energy cooperation.
The Bangladesh Finance Minister now on an official visit to India told journalists in Kolkata on Sunday that a gathering of the four nations on the issue was in the offing.
Muhith said that the proposed meeting could be held anytime soon. The proposed meet would pick up thread from the recent SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation for the eastern sector of South Asia, which was signed at the recently held SAARC Summit in Kathmandu.
The SAARC nations are also working towards signing of two other cooperation agreements on infrastructure which were negotiated and coordinated by Nepalese Prime Minister Sushil Koirala.
In Nepal and Bhutan, each with hydroelectric potentials of 83,000 and 30,000 megawatt respectively, could provide hydro-electricity to India and Bangladesh, enough to meet the energy starved country.
India also plans to export electricity from its north-east region with potential to generate additional 58,971 mw to its eastern states through Bangladesh. Dhaka would also seek Delhi cooperation  for improvement of its waterways, river ports and road infrastructure.
However, Bangladesh needs to have access to Nepal and Bhutan's power through India. Bangladesh has formally requested a 'power corridor' to access the Bhutanese and Nepalese consumers.

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