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Bangladesh fastest growing in Asia

Says Japanese envoy Ito Naoki

  • Special Correspondent
  • 24 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Japanese ambassador to Bangladesh Ito Naoki said Bangladesh has been the fastest growing country in Asia over the past decadedespite the pandemic.

Ito said this at a first stakeholders meeting for the Integrated Energy and Power Master Plan on Tuesday at a hotel in Dhaka.

“We are pleased over the cooperation in energy sector between the two countries,” the ambassador said.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Power and Energy Dr.Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury attended at the event as the chief guest whilePM principal secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikausjoined as special guest.

State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid chaired the meeting.

Japanese envoy said the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)moved to prepare theIntegrated Energy and Power Master Plan as this would help Bangladesh in achieving sustainable growth.

He appreciated the Bangladesh move to scrap some coal-fired power plants considering theirenvironmental vulnerability.

The ambassador said Japanis working to make it as a carbon neutral country by 2050.

Then, Japan will further expand it’s funding to renewable power projects in Asia, the ambassador said.

Energy and Mineral Resources Division additional secretary AKM Fazlul Rahman said Japan was extending cooperation and funding a series of energy sector projects.

He said the main goal is to ensure supply of primary fuel to 100 special economic zones with the support of JICA.