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Bhutan to export hydroelectric power to Bangladesh

Feb 19, 2013

During his ongoing visit to Bangladesh, Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, spoke of his country's keenness to export hydroelectric power to Bangladesh.

 

 

Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck on Monday hoped that a tri-nation meeting involving Bangladesh, India and Bhutan would pave the way for his country exporting hydroelectric power to Bangladesh.

The King said this when he met President Zillur Rahman. He said his country was keen to export its hydroelectric power to the South-Asian nation to help the country in mitigate its high demand for electricity.

During the meeting, Bhutanese King expressed his hope that a tri-nation - Bangladesh, India and Bhutan -meeting will be held regarding exporting hydroelectric power to Bangladesh soon. Bhutan has the potential of producing 10,000 megawatt of hydroelectric power.

Bhutan has the potential of producing 10,000 megawatt of hydroelectric power.

King Wangchuck also said Bhutan is keen to increase its relations with Bangladesh in trade, agriculture and power sectors. He praised Bangladesh government's efforts to maintain a six per cent economic growth despite global economic melt down.

Bhutan, a country of 700,000 people, lies to the north of Bangladesh and is separated by 30 km of India’s territory. Bhutan was the first country to recognise Bangladesh on 7th December, 1971 after India’s recognition on 6th December 1971.

Bangladesh's imports from Bhutan have to take place through this stretch of Indian states and electricity is no different, especially as it will have to be passed through pillions over Indian space. This has been a contentious issue in the past when Bangladesh had wanted to import electricity from Nepal as India put the brakes on the power to be transferred through its territory.

King Wangchuck also said Bhutan is keen to increase its relations with Bangladesh in trade, agriculture and power sectors.

The visiting Bhutan dignitary praised Bangladesh government to maintain 6 percent economic growth despite global economic melt down.
The King informed President Rahman that he visited few pharmaceutical, ceramic and RMG factories and lauded the high standard of those industries. The Bhutanese King also invited Bangladesh President to visit Bhutan in his convenient time.

Welcoming the King and Queen at Bangabhaban, Zillur Rahman said an excellent bilateral relation is prevailing between the two neighboring countries.

The President said this top level visit would further strengthen the existing relations between the two countries.

The President said there are ample opportunities for both the countries in increasing bilateral relations in different sectors including trade, investment, communication, water resources, climate change, education and agriculture.

The Bhutanese King expressed his gratitude to the government and people of Bangladesh for giving him and his wife warm hospitality.

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