Bangladesh needs more energy for development: PM

PBC News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the government of Bangladesh wants to develop the country and for that reason it needs more energy.

“We want the development of our country. That’s why we need energy,” she said while visiting Special US Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry called on her at her official residence in Dhaka, reports UNB.

PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.

He said the Prime Minister mentioned that as the source of clean energy, Bangladesh put emphasis on producing more energy from hydroelectric power plants.

“We’ve only one hydroelectric power generation plant. Now we’re in discussion with Nepal, Bhutan and India to set up hydroelectric plants through bilateral or trilateral initiatives on regional basis,” she said.

She also said that there are around 5.8 million solar connectivity in the country.

“Agriculture sector also needs solar energy for irrigation,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina deeply appreciated the decision of the US to return to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

“This’ll create new momentum in climate change diplomacy,” she said.

She said that Bangladesh has started its programmes as per its plan to fight against the adverse impact of climate change through creating fund with its own resources.

“We aren’t an emitter, our emission is very much negligible but we along with other climate vulnerable countries will be the victim,” she said.

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