Workshop on “Hydropower-based collaboration in South Asia: Socio-economic development and electricity trade”


South Asia is one of the most energy poor parts of the world. The acute shortage of electric power in the region has taken a severe toll on regional economic growth. How can the region emerge from energy poverty and provide access to clean and affordable energy to all its citizens? In this context of overall energy poverty, cross-border electricity trade among the nations of South Asia, especially the BBIN countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal is attractive for a number of reasons. First, the region has the potential to benefit from the seasonal complementarity in demand from the power systems of its countries. Second, the region has a tremendous potential for hydropower, which could be harnessed and transmitted as clean energy across the borders, after meeting domestic needs. Third, because of the recent advances made in direct-current transmission technology, the cost of transporting electricity across long distances is expected to come down.  Finally, cross-border electricity trade could be a catalyst for strengthening intra-regional trade in goods and services in a region that is least integrated in the world—paving the way towards regional economic integration.  

The purpose of the workshop titled “Hydropower-based collaboration in South Asia: 

Socio-economic development and electricity trade” is to discuss the various ways in which electricity cooperation and trade in BBIN can be enhanced further leading to long term benefits for the region. The workshop is being co-organized by the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS and ICIMOD and will be held at Kathmandu on 21-22 November, 2017. This workshop will bring together around 30 academicians, bureaucrats, diplomats, policy makers, development partners and private sector participants from BBIN countries. Papers presented in this workshop will be published in a special issue of International Journal of Water Resources Development. 

Organized By:

Institute of Water Policy (IWP

National University of Singapore (NUS

International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)