South Asia, being a seasonally energy surplus territory, has ample opportunities for cross-border and regional power and energy sharing. There is diversity of resources in the region, which if shared efficiently, will help significantly in meeting the future copious energy demand of the region. Against this backdrop, the Institute for Policy, Advocacy and Governance (IPAG) has taken the initiative to publish a book titled, “Prospects & Challenges of Connectivity & Trading in Power & Energy: A Regional & International Perspective.”
The book was launched at the inauguration ceremony of the two-day capacity building & training program on ‘Power & Energy in South Asia: Connectivity through Cooperation’ on October 21, 2016 at the Radisson Blu Water Garden Hotel in Dhaka, organized jointly by IPAG and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). The unveiling was attended by Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Economic Affairs Adviser to the Prime Minister, Nasrul Hamid MP, State Minister of Power, Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr. Syed Munir Khasru, Chairman of IPAG, Dr. Naoyuki Yoshino, Dean of ADBI and Md. Abdul Mubeen, Chairman of UPGDCL.
The book has 30 articles authored by well-respected and seasoned experts, policymakers, practitioners and academicians in diverse but closely related areas of trade & connectivity in the power & energy sector. The rich pool of writers represent national and global professionals from 15 countries across 4 continents who have experience and knowledge on key areas like multilateral power trading and cooperation, technical and policymaking aspects of power trading and environmental & geopolitical impacts on energy sharing. From Norway to Australia, Japan to Singapore, Korea to India, and Bangladesh to Sri Lanka – the book has contribution from some of the leading energy and power experts from around the world.