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Energy for Regional Integration in South Asia:

Building Capacity for Greater Connectivity

October 25-26, 2017

Le Meridien Thimphu, Bhutan

Partners

Speakers

Aum Phub Zam

Aum Phub Zam

President, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI)

Syed Munir Khasru

Syed Munir Khasru

Chairman, The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG)

Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo

Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo

Senior Economist, Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

Kanokpan Lao-Araya

Kanokpan Lao-Araya

Country Director, Bhutan Resident Mission, Asian Development Bank (ADBI)

Rakesh Kumar Goyal

Rakesh Kumar Goyal

Managing Director, Tetra Tech ES

Dr. Taghizadeh-Hesary Farhad

Dr. Taghizadeh-Hesary Farhad

Professor, Keio University

Youngho Chang

Youngho Chang

Senior Lecturer, Singapore University of Social Sciences

Sanjay Dube

Sanjay Dube

Vice President, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)

Ravi Segal

Ravi Segal

Business Leader, General Electric Energy Consulting

Participants

Mazharuddin Amanpoor

Mazharuddin Amanpoor

Energy Efficiency Manager, Ministry of Energy and Water MEW, Afghanistan

Md. Harun-or-Rashid Khan

Md. Harun-or-Rashid Khan

Director General (Joint Secretary), Hydrocarbon Unit, Energy and Mineral Resources Division, Ministry of Power, and Energy & Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh

Khaled Mohammad Zaki

Khaled Mohammad Zaki

Deputy Secretary, Power Division, Ministry of Power, and Energy & Mineral Resources, Government of Bangladesh

Dechen Dema

Dechen Dema

Deputy Executive Engineer, Department of Renewable Energy (DRE), Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Dechen Pema Yangki

Dechen Pema Yangki

Deputy Executive Engineer, Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Denkar Denkar

Denkar Denkar

Deputy Executive Engineer, Transmission & Power Systems Division, Department of Hydropower & Power Systems, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Tshering Tashi

Tshering Tashi

Deputy Chief Planning Officer, Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Finance, Bhutan

Ugyen Ugyen

Ugyen Ugyen

Executive Engineer, Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Sonam Wangchuk

Sonam Wangchuk

Assistant Engineer, Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Sangay Zangmo

Sangay Zangmo

Assistant Engineer, Planning and Coordination Division, Department of Hydropower and Power Systems, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Jambay Lhundup

Jambay Lhundup

Executive Engineer, Department of Hydropower & Power Systems, Hydropower Development Division, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Dawa Chhoedron

Dawa Chhoedron

Executive Engineer, Research & Development Division, Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Chhimi Dorji

Chhimi Dorji

Chief Engineer, Alternate Energy Division, Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan

Shoyabahmed Kalal

Shoyabahmed Kalal

Deputy Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India

Shri Sanoj Kumar Jha

Shri Sanoj Kumar Jha

Secretary, Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Power, Government of India

Anas Ali

Anas Ali

Assistant Engineer, Transmission & Distribution Department, STELCO, Maldives

Shahul Hameed

Shahul Hameed

Electrical Engineer, STELCO, Maldives

Muhammad Asif Sahibzada

Muhammad Asif Sahibzada

Deputy Director (Projects), Ministry of Climate Change, Government of Pakistan

Chandana Wijayasinghe

Chandana Wijayasinghe

Director, Ministry of Power & Energy, Sri Lanka

Ahmad Rashad Krimi

Ahmad Rashad Krimi

Engineer, Water and Power Consultancy Department, Ministry of Energy and Water

Agenda

October 25-26 (Wed-Thu), 2017

Day 1

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Registration

09:30 am – 10.15 am

Inaugural Session

Welcome Note:

Syed Munir Khasru
Chairman, The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG)


Opening Remarks:

Dr. Kanopan Lao-Araya
Country Director, Bhutan Resident Mission, ADB


Audio Visual on “Power & Energy in South Asia”.

(This AV will set the tone for further discussion on regional power markets, economics of power trade and enabling environment required for regional power trade.)

Address by the Chief Guest

Aum Phub Zam
President, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry

 


Launching of the Book: ‘Connectivity and Trading in Power & Energy: A Regional and International Dimension’


Group Photo

 

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Tea & Coffee Break

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Session I: Regulation, Governance & Policy Directives

Rakesh Kumar Goyal
Managing Director, Tetra Tech

(This session will focus on overall power system planning and operations, legal and institutional framework required, and regulatory governance.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

12:00 pm– 13:00 pm

Lunch Break

13:00 pm– 14:30 pm

Session II: Investment for Power & Energy in South Asia

Naoyuki Yoshino
Dean, ADBI

Dr. Farhad Taghizaeh-Hesary
Assistant Professor of Economics, Keio University, Japan and Senior Assistant to Dean, ADBI

(This session will provide a brief overview of optimum business environment and investment platform for national and regional energy trading.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

14:30 pm – 16:00 pm

Session III: Potential of Clean and Renewable Energy Trading

Dr. Young Ho Chang
Associate Professor, School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

(This session will focus on addressing mitigation of climate change, exploiting potential hydropower and/or other renewable resources in the region.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

16:00 pm – 16:10 pm

Coffee Break

16:10 pm – 17:10 pm

Panel Discussion I: Sustainability of Regional Energy Cooperation

Moderator:

Syed Munir Khasru
Chairman, IPAG


Panelists:

Sanjay Dube
Director – South Asia, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)

Farhad Taghizaeh-Hesary
Assistant Professor of Economics, Keio University, Japan and Senior Assistant to Dean, ADBI

Mahendra P.  Lama
High End Expert, Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, China

(This panel discussion will focus on the sustainability parameters of energy cooperation, i.e., energy security, energy affordability, and environment sustainability.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

19:00 pm - 20:00 pm

Welcome Dinner

Day 2

09:30 am – 11:00 am

Session IV: The Geopolitics of Energy: Challenges & Potentials for South Asia

Sanjay Dube
Director – South Asia, International Institute for Energy Conservation (IIEC)

(This session will focus on the geopolitical and geo-economical variants of energy cooperation.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Coffee Break

11:15 am – 12:45 pm

Session V: Regional Energy Hub

Dr. Ravi Segal
Managing Director, Energy Consulting, General Electric

(The session will be assessing the viability and mechanisms of building a centralized energy platform in the region.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

12:45 pm – 13:45 pm

Lunch Break

13:45 pm – 15:15 pm

Session VI: Institutional Capacity Development

Dr. Mahendra P.  Lama
High End Expert, Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, China

(This session will focus on promoting and developing capacity building platforms to produce a well-equipped administrative units and competent workforce.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

15:35 pm – 16:35 pm

Panel Discussion II: Learning from the Champions

Moderator:

Dr. Mahendra P.  Lama
High End Expert, Institute of South Asian Studies, Sichuan University, China


Panelists:

Ravi Segal
Managing Director, Energy Consulting, General Electric

Rakesh Kumar Goyal
Managing Director, Tetra Tech

Young Ho Chang
Associate Professor, School of Business, Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS)

 (This panel discussion will bring together international best practices on regional power and energy cooperation.)

Questions and Answers (Q&A)

16:35 pm – 16:50 pm

Coffee Break

17:00 pm – 17:30 pm

Certificate Award & Closing Ceremony

Certificate Giving Ceremony by Chief Guest:

Aum Phub Zam
President, Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry


Concluding Remarks:

Dr. Aladdin D. Rillo
Senior Economist, ADBI

Event Coordinators

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Fableeha Bushra Choudhury

Senior Research Associate

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Abdullah Ar Rafee

Research Associate

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Location

Location

Le Méridien Thimphu
Chorten Lam, Thimphu 11001, Bhutan