Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) organized a Seminar titled “Strategies for Business Benefits from SDG for the Private Sector” at DCCI on March 01, 2017.Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator (SDG Affairs), Prime Minister’s Office, Govt. of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Dr. Shamsul Alam, Member (Senior Secretary), General Economic Division, Planning Division, Govt. of Bangladesh and Mr. Hossain Zillur Rahman, Executive Chairman, PPRC were present as the Special Guests. Mr. Asif Ibrahim, former president of DCCI and Advisor of DCCI SDG standing committee presented the Keynote paper.
As designated discussants, Mr. Khurshid Alam, Assistant Country Director UNDP Bangladesh, Engineer Akber Hakim, Director, DCCI joined the seminar. Among others, Dr. Zaforullah of Gonoshahtho Kendro, Aroma Dutta, Project Director of PRIP Trust, Md. Anisur Rahman Chowdhury, Director operation OXFAM, Md. Rashedur Rahman, Assistant Professor of University of Dhaka, Farah Kabir, Country Director of Actionaid Bangladesh, K. Atique-e-Rabbani, Director of DCCI, Abdul Muktadir, Director of DCCI, Andaleeb Hasan, Convener of DCCI SDG standing Committee, MS Siddiqui and Salman Karim took part in the open discussion session.
Recommendations emerged from the Seminar based on the priority are given below:
Short term recommendations:
Round Table Discussion Report on “Road to 2030: Strategic Priorities”
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) and Economic Reporters’ Forum jointly organized a Round Table Discussion titled “Road to 2030: Strategic Priorities” at DCCI on April 20, 2017.Mr. MA Mannan, MP, Honorable State Minister for Finance and Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh has graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Mr. Moazzem Hossain, Editor, the Financial Express, Mr. Ziaur Rahman, General secretary, ERF, Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute, Mr. Hossain Khaled, Former President DCCI, Professor Mustafizur Rahman, Distinguished Fellow, CPD, Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Former President DCCI and Mr. Paban Chowdhury, (Secretary), Executive Chairman, BEZA were the respected panel discussants. Also, DCCI Vice President Hossain A Sikder, Directors Imran Ahmed, KMN Manjurul Hoque, Md. Alauddin Malik, K. Atique-e-Rabbani, FCA, Kh. Rashedul Ahsan and Secretary General AHM Rezaul Karim were present there. In addition, former director of DCCI Motiur Rahman, Shafiqul Islam Bureau Chief of AFP, Business Editor of The Daily Star Sajjadur Rahman, Chief Editor of News Today Matiul Alam, DCCI Joint Convener Brig. Gen. (Retd.) Qamrul Islam took part in the discussion during the Q&A session.
Recommendations emerged from the Discussion based on the priority are given below:
Short term recommendations:
Seminar Report on Blue Economy: New Frontier, New Possibility
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) organized a seminar titled “Blue Economy: New Frontier, New Possibility” at DCCI on April 27, 2017. Mr. Anisul Islam Mahmud, MP, Minister, Ministry of Water Resources attended the seminar as the chief guest while H.E. Panpimon Suwannapongse, Ambassador of Thailand, H.E. Nur Ashikin binti Mohd Taib, High Commissioner of Malaysia and H.E. Masurai Masri, High Commissioner of Brunei Darussalam were present as the special guests. Mr. Abul Kasem Khan, President of DCCI delivered the welcome address and Rear Admiral (Retd) Md Khurshed Alam, ndc, pscSecretary, Maritime Affairs Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the keynote paper.Engr. Akber Hakim, Coordinating, Director, DCCI, Mr. Sayedur Rahman Chowdhury, Professor, Institute of Marine Science and Fisheries, University of Chittagong and Mr. Golam Shafiuddin, ndc, Additional Secretary, Blue Economy, GoB were present as the panelists. Kh. Rashedul Ahsan, Director of DCCI, Mr. Abdus Salam, former SVP of DCCI, Mr. Shekil Chowdhury, former SVP of DCCI, Mr. Waqar Ahmed Chowdhury, former Director of DCCI, Mr. AKD Khair Mohammad Khan, former Director of DCCI, Mr. Syed Moazzem Hossain, former Director of DCCI, Mr. Syed Almas Kabir and Capt. Md Nurul Haque participated in the open discussion session.
RECOMMENDATIONS: The following recommendations emerged from the seminar.
- Learning from international best practices and success of neighboring countries
- Encourage investment in shipbuilding and shipping industry which will help save foreign currency taken out by the foreign shipping companies.
- Encourage private sector for deep sea fishing
- Focus need to be given on fish cage culturing
- Conduct feasibility study on the viability of power generation from tidal wave
- Develop a strategic plan for development of marine tourism
- Explore new offshore gas reserves under the sea
- Revitalize waterways for carrying goods between Dhaka and Chittagong with the view to easing traffic pressure on Dhaka–Chittagong Highway and reducing economic loss
- Encourage public and private partnership investment on marine-based economic activities
- Procure well-equipped research vessel
- Develop Marine Spatial Planning encompassing marine conservation, sustainable use of living resources, oil and mineral extraction, sustainable energy production and maritime transport integrating with green componentof blue economy
- Introduce faculty on Oceanography in public universities, equipped with expert faculty members and marine research facilities
- Develop a road map on blue economy development encompassing commercially potential economic activities, skilled workforce and marine research.
- Develop marine resource center under public private platform
- Focus on sea conservation
- Motivate and incentivize private investment to come forward with investment plan for oil and gas exploration in deep sea area.
Seminar Report on “Introduction to Bangladesh GAP”
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) organized a seminar titled “Introduction to Bangladesh GAP” at DCCI on April 30, 2017. Mr. Kamrul Islam, FCA, Senior Vice President, DCCI graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Mr. Hossain A Sikder, Vice President, DCCI and Mr. Michael Field, Chief of Party, Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) was present as the Special Guests. Kbd. K M Shaiful Islam, Deputy Director (Extension), Field Service Wing, Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) presented the Keynote paper.
As designated discussants, Dr. Mian Syeed Hasan, CSO-Crop Division, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC), Dr. Md. Saleh Ahmed, National Consultant, Food Safety Programme, FAO, Mr. Zakir Hossain, General Secretary, Bangladesh Supermarket Owners Association (BSOA) joined the seminar. Among others, Md. Shoaib Choudhury Former Vice President, DCCI & Team Leader: DCCI-DAI Project, Mr. Momin Ud Dowlah Convener of DCCI on Standing Committee on Agro based Trade/Services and Commercialization of Agriculture- 2017, Mr. Imran Ahmed Coordinating Director, DCCI Standing Committee on Agro based Trade/Services and Commercialization of Agriculture- 2017 took part in the open discussion session.
Short Term Recommendation
Mid Term Recommendation
Long Term Recommendation
Seminar Report on Eco-Friendly Pulp and Paper Processing from Jute
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) organized a seminar titled “Eco-Friendly Pulp and Paper Processing from Jute” at DCCI auditorium on May 13, 2017.Mr. Mirza Azam, M.P., Hon'ble State Minister, Ministry of Textiles and Jute, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladeshhas graced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Mr. Md. Fazle Wahid Khondaker, Additional Secretary (Research), Ministry of Agriculture, Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh; was the special guest. Key note paper presented by Dr. Asaduzzaman, Director (Technical) Bangladesh Jute Research Institute (BJRI). Dr. Babul Chandra Roy, Director General of the BJRI, and Mr. Rashedul Karim Munna, Convener, SME Standing Committee, 2017, DCCI were the distinguished panelists and Dr. Manjurul Alam, Director General of Bangladesh Jute Research Institute was the special discussant. DCCI Senior Vice President Kamrul Islam, FCA gave vote of thanks and discussed some important aspects in this regard. DCCI Vice President Hossain A Sikder, DCCI Directors Asif A Chowdhury, Kh. Rashedul Ahsan, Imran Ahmed and Secretary General AHM Rezaul Kabir were also present.
- To protect the Jute diversification activities, government should enact law to protect the industry
- Adopt mechanism to regulate international price hike of pulp
- Produce viscose from our local jute pulp
- Patronize jute as vegetable productgiven its nutritional value for its larger containment of high fibre content.
- Effective market forecast/research before any enactment
- Government to take immediate step to start a plant for processing viscose
- Necessary amendment and renovation of the Jute Act
- Continuing enactment to observe 6th March as 'National Jute Day' every year to promote this sector
- Establish paper mill only for jute pulp
- Extended government support to renovate and reinvent jute industry diversification
- Adopt plans to instrumentalise the existing paper mills to aid pulp production.
- Market the feature of non-wood fibre
- Foster industry-R&D linkagein jute diversification research
- Allocate extensive research for producing jute in south-west part of the country
- Introduce special financing schemefor borrowers in this sector
- Comply with the SDG2030which clearly identifies climate issue
- Pilot projectto be done by the ministry for Jute paper making from pulp. Minister strongly made the point the ministry will undertake.
- Mandatory Jute paper procurement Act to be enacted as and when Jute paper making is commercially viable.
- Setting up mills to produce high quality pulp from green jute which can meet the entire demand for making paper and also leave surplus from export
- Use the large-scale saline lands of the southern regionwhich are lying untapped
- Establish a viscose processing plant
- Ministry of Agriculture needs to help private sector for jute diversification
- Create the revival of jute through innovation and diversification
- Fund the scientific processing of pulpfrom jute and from pulp we can produce eco-friendly paper
- Encourage and give beneficial avenue to private sector so that they can get land from BJMC to establish paper or textiles mills using pulp and viscose
- Redevelop dependency on local seedto regain its glory
- Strengthening research work for newer innovation
- Global brandingplatform to be made effective
Round Table on‘Chittagong Port: Current Status and Way Forward’
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) organized a seminar titled ‘Chittagong Port: Current Status and Way Forward’ on 29 July at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka. Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal, BSP, ndc, psc, Chairman, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) graced the seminar as the Chief Guest. Mr. Abul Kasem Khan, President of DCCI delivered the welcome address and Mr. Asif A Chowdhury, Director, DCCI presented the Key Note paper.
In addition, renowned business leaders, exporters, importers, representative of shipping agents, C&F, Bangladesh Bank and NBR also joined the event.
Mr. Abul Kasem Khan President of DCCI in his welcome address pointed out that
Mr. Asif A Chowdhury, Director, DCCI in his Key Note Paper Highlighted that
· The impedimenta and congestion in the Chittagong Port causes disruption to supply chains, leading to rise in consumer goods prices which suffers entire economy, Increase lead time, fuel the cost of doing business, hampers cross-border trade and inflow of Investment, spur food and non -food inflation in the market
· For future development of Chittagong Port focus needs to be given on enhancing capacity building of the country’s premier maritime port, easing export-import activities and keep the port 24/7 operational, procurement of necessary equipment, build new jetties and terminals to improve its performance, development of a ‘time-bound strategic plan’ and Investment to improve the capacity and security of Chittagong Port.
· As short term recommendations, he stressed on to ensure available all equipment in hand to work properly ,proper Implementation of Terminal Management with smooth entry and exit, full time traffic free road connectivity between on-dock and off-dock, strictly follow cut-off time for export loading, quick execution of auction process as per existing rule, quick service of the scanner in the gate and allow all lighter age ships having 100 to 150 Mt capacity can directly be routed back to Small river ports across the country.
Rear Admiral M Khaled Iqbal, BSP, ndc, psc, Chairman, Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) stated that
Mr. Mohammad Zafar Alam, Joint Secretary, Member Admin & Planning, CPA
Mr. Naser Izaz, SCB
Mr. Hatem, Former Vice President, BKMEA
Mr, Mahabub Ahmed, Shipping Consultant
Mr. Hossain Khaled, PP, DCCI
Mr. M. S. Siddiqui
Mr. Asif Ibrahim , PP, DCCI
Mr. Rizwan-ur-Rahman, BoD, DCCI
Mr. Md Liakot Ali Hawlader, Port Secretary, C&F Agent Association
Mr. Faruque Hassan, SVP, BGMEA
Dr. M Mashrur Reaz, IFC
Mr. Abu Huriaria, Past VP, DCCI
Mr. Humayan Rashid, Director, DCCI
Mr. Riyadh Hossain, Director,DCCI
Mr. Rashed Maksud Khan, PP,DCCI
Mr. Mahbubur Rahman, PP, DCCI
Mr. Enamual Karim, Deputy Traffic Manager, CPA
Seminar on Energy Security 2030: Challenges and Opportunities
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) organized a seminar titled ‘Energy Security 2030: Challenges & Opportunities’ on 29 July at Lakeshore Hotel in Dhaka.
Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, Hon’ble Advisor to the Prime Minister of Bangladesh on Energy, Power and Mineral Resources, GoB graced the seminar as the Chief Guest while Mr. Md.Tajul Islam, MP, Chairperson, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources was present as the special guest.Mr. AbulKasem Khan, President of DCCI delivered the welcome address in the event. Dr. Mohammad Tamim, Professor, Department of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineering, BUET and former Special Assistant to the Chief Adviser of the Caretaker Government of Bangladesh presented the Key Note Paper.
Dr. Salim Mahmud, Energy Law and Policy Expert and Chairman, BERC Tribunal, Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute (PRI), Mr. Mollah M Amzad Hossain, Editor, Energy & Power Magazine, Dr. Mushfiqur Rahman, Technical Director, Institute Orgenergostroy, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Engr. RezwanulKabeer, Managing Director, ECPV Chittagongpresent as the distinguished discussants. Dr. M. FouzulKabir Khan, Former Secretary, Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, GoB moderated the open discussion session.
In addition, renownedbusiness leaders, investors, energy experts, thought leaders, researchers and academicians, economists, geologists, Secretaries and High officials of the Government, diplomats of the different diplomatic missions in Bangladesh, Board of Directors of DCCI, Past Presidents, Former SVPs and Former VPs of DCCI attended the event.
Mr. AbulKasem Khan- President of DCCI in his welcome address pointed out that
· Footing the continuous accelerated growth, Bangladesh will be the 30th largest economy with one trillion-dollar GDP having nearly US$200 billion of export earnings and per capita income reaching close to USD$6000 by next 17 years from now - by the year 2030
· Low-cost production base will not be adequate to qualify Bangladesh as a competitive and attractive investment destination - efficient transportation, modern infrastructure with competitive and reliable energy will become the most crucial elements for Bangladesh to remain competitive in global inventor’s map.
· The current-round of industrial momentum in Bangladesh has seen notable development in the power generation sector increasing electricity generation capacity up to 15,300 MW, contributing to transform the economy
· The demand for energy consumption is driven by growth of industrialization, modernization of agriculture sector, transformation of rural economy, rapid urbanization, and improved standard of living.
· The supply side in energy sector is not been able to support the growing demands today, many factories and industry are severely affected by this shortage. The energy crisis driven by supply demand gap create serious opportunity loss and affecting the country's competitiveness. A clear road map to our energy need and energy source
· Depleting natural gas poses threat to the industrial growth of the country
· Gas supply and exploration both onshore and offshore are critical for our future
· For better preparation to sustain in the upcoming industrial revolution and scale-up growthtowards desired level extensive focus needs to be given on “Energy Security”.
· COAL is a major source for energy in numerous countries.India, China, Indonesia and Vietnam have undertaken 82% of the world's new coal fired power plants as per the report from Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), UK.
· By 2041, Bangladesh needs to import 60 million ton of coal per year.Bangladesh needs to utilize optimum level of her large coal reserve for its energy source having enough reserves to fuel Bangladesh’s energy and power needs for decades to come reducing dependence on imported coal.
· Emphasis to chart a strategic plan to accommodate the large coal reserves, rationalize the cost of LNG including other primary energy and power, fast track new exploration and right Energy mix
Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, BB, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Power, Energy & Mineral Resources Affairs, Government of People’s Republic of Bangladesh stated that
· First needs to identify the priority including reliable transportation and distribution network
· Reduction of system loss to single digit by next year
· Gas supply will be improved by 50% by next year equivalent to 500 mmcfd
· Consultation with private sector to understand the affordability of private sector in setting the energy price blending with LPG and other primary energy
· Use the waste steam/heat to increase the energy efficiency (aiming at maximum 80% from broiler) in industry focusing on investment in zone planning
· $2.5 billion single largest investment in Matarbari power hub
· Energy resource council with support of NRBs to enrich energy research inBangladesh
Mr. Md.Tajul Islam, MP, Chairperson, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources pointed out that
· Bangladesh has proven its capacity to graduate in the lower middle Income country
· Government has taken focused initiative to address the infrastructural problem and energy crisis. In order to meet the energy demand for boosting industrial production with the Government Vision set by the 2030, Government has already focused on cross-sector energy solution
· Geographical distribution and demographic pattern of Bangladesh is a drawback in relation to compare the development pattern of Bangladesh with western economics
· Solar price in Bangladesh is Tk. 17 where is it is much lower in India. India can extract the solar for eight hours in a day where is it is only four hours in Bangladesh. This is the reason of higher solar price in Bangladesh. Moreover, scarcity of land attributes the higher solar price in Bangladesh.
· 200 MW of energy is produced from Coal in Bangladesh whereas the share of coal power is much higher in Indiawhich is 2 lac MW and China is 6 lac MW.
Dr. Mohammad Tamim, Professor, Department of Petroleum and Mineral Resources Engineering, BUET highlighted the following issues:
· Government envisions to scale-up economic growth over 7% for the next 10 year.
· Despite export is concentrated in single products –RMG, in near future the export base will be expanded with diversified products as articulated in the Seven Five Year Plan document.
· In current context, industrial worrie as well as discouraging factors are evident for diversification of industrial base due to reliable grid power, short and uncertain gas supply and gap between promise and performance.
· Frequent policy shift, uncertain fuel mix and unpredictable future price for electricity and gas are identified as prime bottlenecks for energy security
· Stated that number of studies has concluded that wind energy potential in Bangladesh is minimal to zero.
· Current technology in Bangladesh required 350-400 acre land for a 100 MW solar plant
· Shed light on the energy mandate articulated in the SDG 2030 envisioning ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
· PSMP 2016 developed by JICA- considers SDG goal and Government vision stressing on five important areas such as robust infrastructure for primary energy import, domestic energy resource development and efficient use, high quality of robust power system development, advanced development of green energy and policy & human capital development
· Mismatch between master plan regarding coal power generation and on ground status
· In order to ensure energy security comprehensive attention needs to be given on extensive onshore and offshore exploration, overseas resource acquirement by BAPEX, immediate decision on local coal development. Moreover attention needs to be given on Review the policy of BAPEX.
· Require large private sector investment in distribution and transmission to expedite the government effort towards energy security
· With Government subsidy, Bio-gas may be encouraged in rural areas
· Assuming $10 per unit of LNG price, weighted mixing price of gas (local gas price $2.5 and import gas price $10) may reach up to $10 at consumer level
· Per unit Electricity price may reach to Tk. 8.53 by 2021 and Tk. 11.02 by 2031
· Industry must invest heavily in efficiency improvement
· Government should encourage for using energy efficient appliance by the consumers
· Stressed on switch from conventional to integrated resource planning encompassing bottom up approach, demand side management, environmental consideration
· Develop a comprehensive energy related database on uses, appliances, consumer behavior, purchasing capacity
· Central depository of data for formulation of proper policy and planning need to be developed
· Gradual transition towards a smart grid
· Maximum effort needs to be given on importing power from neighbor
Dr. Salim Mahmud, Energy Law and Policy Expert and Chairman, BERC Tribunal stated that
· Focus should have been given on Energy policy diversification encompassing Gas, Coal, renewable energy, regional energy trading -at least three decades before
· Appreciate the government intervention for de-politicization the energy price
· Gas price does not reflect the opportunity cost
· In determining the gas price focus needs to be given on gas value chain encompassing upstream and downstream exploration
· Energy policy should have benchmark covering the criteria of contract like long-term contract, mid-term contract and short terms contract. In this connection, he referred the benchmark power contract policy of India.
· Legal challenges in the regulatory commission
Dr. Ahsan H. Mansur, Executive Director, Policy Research Institute (PRI) stated that
· Mismatch between installed capacity of power and daily generation indicates inefficiency in power generation
· Distribution challenge in rural area needs attention from policy maker and implementing agencies
· Quick rental power plant is the short term solution. So, the contract duration of quick rental power should not be turned into long-term solution
· For reaching upper middle income country, per capita income needs to be raised to $5000 and GDP growth to 8%.
· Need to expedite Cross border power trading efficiently including solar power
Mr. Mollah M Amzad Hossain, Editor, Energy & Power Magazine pointed out that
· Data deficiency is the challenge for developing suitable and realistic policy
· The electricity price of per unit is Tk. 6 and develop a long term projection to assess the paying capacity of business and industry in order to sustain in the global competitive marker, maintaining our industrial competitiveness
· As per PDB source, Government plans to generate 22000 MW electricity from Coal. The generation of power from imported coal will be three fold costlier than local coal.
· The effect of coal price in international market and fluctuation of transportation cost need to be considered for projection and implementation of imported coal based power plant.
· Bangladesh is on the way to 90% import based energy fuel mix. So, long term pricing needs to be developed.
Dr. Mushfiqur Rahman, Technical Director, Institute Orgenergostroy, Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant stated that
· Due to technological up-gradation, some of the primary energy like coal may not be fully utilized. Bangladesh needs to explore its underground best quality coal shunning the attention on imported coal.
· Power generation based on imported coal may jeopardize the future energy security of Bangladesh
· Emphasis on reliable data and statistics
· Coal has been neglected, despite having best quality of coal reserve in Bangladesh
· Focus needs to be given on domestic coal development for affordable and reliable energy
Engr. RezwanulKabeer, Managing Director, ECPV Chittagong stated that
· Power generation as well as other energy hungry industries are extensively dependent on natural gas
· IPPs contribute more than 50% of grid power. He appreciated the policy and intervention of government allowing private sector for power generation
· Financing of coal project heavily depends on environmental issues
· Coal project based on import will downgrade the country competitiveness in the long term
· Adding high cost LNG, price will cut the competitiveness of our textile industry
· Deregulation should be ensured for energy supply chain along with strengthen local government
· Policy reform is required focusing on bio-gas
Dr. M. FouzulKabir Khan, Former Secretary, Power Division, Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, GoB said
· Bangladesh has potential of producing 2500 MW solar power using roof top solar
· Model of AdnaniInvestment in coal power generation can be replicated in Bangladesh encompassing integrated energy infrastructure solution such as generation unit, rail network for importing coal.
Open Discussion Session: The following discussion emerged in the open discussion session:
· In case of incapacity/limited space of port for landing and storage of fuel, policy has been taken to allow private sector to develop its own facility
· Need to project the demand accurately to facilitate the reliable policy
· Allow free land for generating renewable energy as well as generate the power keeping the generation cost at minimum level.
· Regional cooperation for hydro based energy with Nepal and Bhutan tagging with SDG 2030
· A clear policy needs to be developed. Even industry does not use natural gas, a charge is imposed on the industry which cuts the competitiveness
· Synchronized Policy needs to be developed for integration with global capital market to mobilize international capital to meet the huge investment need for energy infrastructure.
· Considering global climate change, focus needs to be given on renewable energy for energy mix along with energy efficiency to bring out good future
· Poor progress in onshore and off shore gas exploration, imported coal and good governance are the causes of bleak energy scenario
· Need to develop urban distribution and rural distribution policy
· Need to focus on human resources development focusing on energy resource engineering, energy conservation, energy project management, and mechanical
· 13000 MW can be produced from renewable sources in Bangladesh
· Bangladesh can procure overseas coal mining project
· Bankability of solar power plant project is challenge and barrier
· Solar infrastructure bond can be developed to address the financing challenge
· Policy to develop solar IPP incorporating capacity payment like HFO and gas based IPPs
· Efficiently level of existing power plant needs to be improved rather than developing new power plant as there is huge mismatch between installed capacity and actual power generation
· In order to popularize roof top solar, focus needs to be given on feeding tariff
· Efficiency of old power plans are poor. Needs to focus on refurbishment of old power plants.
· Governance and proper regulatory regime need to be prioritized in policy and implementation level
· Needs to focus on supply side and demand side energy efficiency along with energy conservation
· Involvement of private sector in energy policy planning
· Use indigenous skill in policy, planning of energy projection
· Develop Power plant with Myanmar under joint venture and G2G
Round Table on Bangladesh Infrastructure
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI)in partnership with Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA),The World Bank Group and UKaid organized a day-long Round Table Discussion titled ‘Bangladesh Infrastructure’ on 17 May 2017 at ball room of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, Dhaka.Mr. AHM Mustafa Kamal, FCA, MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Planning, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladeshgraced the occasion as the Chief Guest. Mr. Kazi M. Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman, Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) and Mr. Md. Abdul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator, SDG Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office were present as the special guests. Mr. Abul Kasem Khan, President, Dhaka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DCCI) delivered the welcome address. The day-long roundtable discussion was splitted in to three sessions:
Session 1: Infrastructure of Bangladesh-Priority Areas SEZs, Ports and Roads
Session 2: Accelerating Infrastructure Development-Copying others?
Session 3: Financing the Future & Closing Session
Recommendation on Regulatory Framework for Infra Projects
· For successful infrastructure projects focus need to be given on market & location; infrastructure thread connecting utility, port and transport; enabling legal framework embracing internatio
Published on: 2018-03-01