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Myanmar should resolve Rohingya crisis-Energy affairs Advisor

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Dhaka(25th Feb 2020) : Bangladesh premier’s energy affairs advisor Dr Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury said that “We want that Myanmar should resolve the Rohingya crisis. I believe, once the disputes between Bangladesh and Myanmar are settled, we could take the power grid connectivity to Thailand from Myanmar”.

Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) today launched an energy
conference in Bangladesh capital seeking effective ways for integrated power management among regional nations through enhanced cooperation.

“The BIMSTEC is working on connecting an about 3,000 kilometre-long power grid from Myanmar-Thailand to India,” Bangladesh premier’s energy affairs advisor Dr Tawfiq-E-Elahi Chowdhury said opening the event.

Talking to newsmen later on the sidelines of the conference, he said two of the BIMSTEC members Nepal and Bhutan have high hydropower potentials, but the countries face with power deficiency during the lean seasons.

Chowdhury said Bangladesh could supply power to the two countries during the time of their need and in exchange import their hydropower during the monsoon.

He, however, said fluctuation of Bangladesh’s existing power transmission and distribution network currently appeared to be barrier for electricity swapping with other countries but “we are trying to improve the transmission and distribution network”.

Besides, the journey towards building regional energy integration, will help to build an integrated system and economic zone in this region reducing the inter-conflict among the member state of the organization, Chowdhury said, adding when the countries are inter depended on each other, the conflict is reduced in a great extend.

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