Nepal Chamber of Commerce (NCC) has asked Bangladesh to cooperate in the energy sector. The NCC has requested for electricity trade with Bangladesh in the context that Nepal will soon reach the status of electricity exporter.
Speaking at a programme organised at the Bangladesh Embassy in Kathmandu on Friday on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Bangladesh, Chamber President Rajendra Malla underlined the need for practical implementation of the tripartite agreement on electricity trade between Nepal, India and Bangladesh.
In the discussion with Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal, Salahuddin Noman Chowdhury, President Malla said, “Nepal, India and Bangladesh have reached a tripartite agreement for energy trade. For its effective implementation, immediate result-oriented talks are needed between the energy ministers of the three countries.”
“We take the initiative from the private sector. Let the government of Bangladesh reciprocate the initiative. Nepal is preparing to sell electricity to Bangladesh.”
According to Malla, Nepal will be able to export electricity in at least one year from now.
At least 50 megawatts of electricity can be generated for export from the existing transmission line in India and all the three countries have to do their homework for other terms and conditions for electricity trade, he pointed out.
In view of the high demand for energy in Bangladesh, the two sides discussed various options for exporting from Nepal, said a press statement of NCC. Despite the agreement on energy trade between Nepal, Bangladesh and India, it has not been implemented in practice.
NCC President Malla urged the Ambassador of Bangladesh to Nepal Chowdhury to invest in hydropower sector in Nepal along with the facilitation of electricity trade.
Similarly, Nepal is open for investment in small and medium enterprises and Chamber will take initiative with the government for investment security, he said. Bangladesh is the main partner in the Chamber fair to be organised by the Nepal Chamber of Commerce in June.
Ambassador to Nepal Chowdhury said that Bangladesh is ready to buy electricity generated in Nepal.
He said, “Bangladesh will promote green energy within next few years. Our priorities, plans are being prepared accordingly. We are eager to purchase electricity from Nepal.” Ambassador Chowdhury said that he would take initiative with the government of his country to immediately start the necessary process for purchasing electricity from Nepal via India.