New Energy Center Promotes South Asian Resources

[] The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) of Energy ministers and senior officials from Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka met recently in Islamabad and agreed to establish a regional Energy Center in Pakistan. The center will promote cooperation in the development and use of all forms of energy, whether commercial, non-commercial, renewable or non-renewable. They will set up a regional energy database; promote energy trade including establishment of regional energy grids; exploit coal resources using economic, clean fossil fuel technologies; and develop hydropower and renewable energy resources. They agreed on sharing of best practices in energy sector including but not limited to rural electrification, compressed natural gas, solar, wind, bio-fuels, and other technologies; promoting energy efficiency and conservation; human resource development in the energy sector and exchange of experts; and cooperation with regional and international organizations.
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