Sunday 25, September 2022

Energy sector requires effective nat’l policy: speakers

News Desk: Speakers at a discussion on Wednesday stressed the need for formulation of an effective national policy and framing the Integrated Energy and Power Master Plan in line with the policy in order to ensure good governance in the power and energy sector.

Transparency International Bangladesh and Bangladesh Poribesh Andolan jointly organised the discussion titled ‘Challenge for Good Governance in Coal and LNG Power Projects in Bangladesh: What to Do for Ensuring Integrity in IEPMP formulation’ in the capital’s Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, said a press release.

The speakers said that the policy framework of the country’s energy sector was largely held hostage to investors and donors, concerned that the implementation of its plans and projects depended on donors, local and foreign investors in many cases.

Due to legal weaknesses, policy frameworks, and a lack of transparency, the use of fossil fuels is harming the country and its people. But no significant steps are seen to control it despite the government’s commitment to the field of renewable energy, they said.

The speakers said that it was necessary to formulate an effective national policy and IEPMP in light of the policy to ensure good governance in the power and energy sector.

The chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on environment, forest, and climate change, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP, spoke at the function as chief guest, while TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman delivered the welcome speech.

Director general of Power Cell under the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources engineer Mohammad Hossain, honorary professor of the Geology department at Dhaka University, Badrul Imam, chief executive of Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association Syeda Rizwana Hasan, research director of the Centre for Policy Dialogue Khandaker Golam Moazzem, dean of the engineering faculty at Daffodil University, professor Shamsul Alam, also spoke in the panel discussion moderated by BAPA general secretary Sharif Jamil.


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