Govt gives emphasis on renewable energy: Adviser

DHAKA : The government has given emphasis on renewable energy to ensure the country’s sustainable growth through attaining energy efficiency, said Dr Tawfiq-E- Elahi Chowdhury, Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Affairs Advisor to the Prime Minister, reports BSS.
“Emphasis has been given on solar power to ensure the country’s sustainable growth through attaining energy efficiency, which is also a part of the government’s comprehensive power and energy strategy”, he said while inaugurating a matchmaking event as the chief guest at Hotel Westin in Dhaka on Tuesday. The embassies of Denmark and Norway organised the matchmaking session. Nordic and Bangladeshi companies had one-to- one meetings to discuss potential business opportunities between them. A Nordic trade delegation on green growth and clean technology attended the session.
Around 200 people attended the matchmaking session with interest in the green development of Bangladesh. The Nordic embassies arranged 180 meetings with 85 local companies at the matchmaking session.
Chaired by Managing Partner of Asian Tiger capital Partners Ifty Islam, the programme was also addressed, among others, by president of Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Bangladesh Shamim Ul Huq and Norwegian Ambassador Range Birte Lund as the special guests. Ambassador of Denmark Svend Olling delivered welcome speech while Ambassador of Norway Ragne Birte Lund gave vote of thanks.
The advisor informed that the government is working for the extended use of different renewable energy such as solar, wind and biogas to achieve its target to transform 10 per cent of all energy to green energy by 2020.
“We have seen an overwhelming interest both from the Nordic green energy and clean-tech companies as well as their Bangladeshi counterparts and we believe that the grounds for many great partnerships were laid this week to the benefit of both the companies and Bangladeshi,” Commercial Counsellor of the Royal Danish Embassy in Dhaka Anette S. Galskjot said. Earlier, a delegation of 20 companies and two government organisations from Denmark and Norway, some of them world leaders in their respective fields, such as Vestas Wind Energy, participated in the delegation.
They arrived on a five-day visit to foster cooperation and partnership between Bangladeshi, Danish and Norwegian companies on green growth and clean technology.