PM seeks German support for power & energy sector

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday sought German support for Bangladesh’s power and energy sector, especially the renewable energy.

“We need low-cost solar energy technology so that the rural people can enjoy internet and other facilities provided by government agencies in their localities where there is no electricity,” she said when German Federal Foreign Minister Dr Guido Westerwelle met her at her official residence Ganobhaban.

PM’s deputy press secretary Bijan Lal Dev briefed reporters after the meeting.

Hasina said there had been marked development in the country's power sector during her previous government, but alleged that the subsequent BNP-Jamaat and the caretaker governments did not take any initiative for its further development.

“The BNP-Jammat government failed to add a single megawatt of electricity to the national grid,” she said.

The premier said the present government has started afresh the development of the power sector and has been able to add about 3,500 megawatt of electricity to the national gird in the last three years.

Highlighting the present government’s successes in the fields of agriculture, education, health, power, women empowerment and social safety net, the Prime Minister said, “We always work for changing the lot of the downtrodden.”

She said her government has maintained over six percent growth in the last three years despite global economic meltdown, and the poverty rate has marked a fall by 10 percent due to various steps taken by her government.

Referring to the tremendous success in the education sector, Sheikh Hasina said her government wants to make sure each and every child grows as a worthy citizen.

The Prime Minister said her governments believes in people’s empowerment and has been working to further strengthen the country’s democratic institutions.

She said all the elections held during the last three years of the present government were free, fair and neutral. “Each and every election was free and fair, and there was no interference from any corner,” she said.

Terming Germany as a trusted friend of Bangladesh, the Prime Minister said the relations between the two countries have got strengthened over the years and hoped that it would be deepened further in the days to come.

The German Foreign Minister said Germany is a development partner of Bangladesh and the cooperation between the two countries will increase in the future.

“Apart from trade and investment, we want to expand our cooperation in the fields of culture, education and medical sector through German Foundation so that the future generation could be benefited,” he said.

About climate change, he said Germany is putting emphasis on renewable energy and extending cooperation to the developing countries to this end.

Ambassador At-Large M Ziauddin, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Sheikh Md Wahid Uz Zaman, PMO Secretary Molla Waheeduzzaman and German Ambassador in Dhaka Holger Michael, PM’s Special Assistants Abdus Sobhan Golap and Mahbubul Haque Shakil were present, among others, present on the occasion.

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