KATHMANDU, MAY 14: The Indian Ocean’s strategic, economic, and ecological relevance, as well as its value as a gateway to international markets for landlocked nations like Nepal, have been highlighted by Minister for Foreign Affairs Narayan Prakash Saud.

He emphasized the natural connection between mountains and seas and urged for action to address how climate change is affecting mountains, oceans, and people’s lives and livelihoods in coastal and hinterland states. The minister was speaking at the Plenary Session of the 6th Indian Ocean Conference, which was taking place on Saturday in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

According to a statement released by the Nepali Embassy in Dhaka, he asked the nations to cooperate to guarantee genuine, strong, and responsible efforts for a healthy Indian Ocean and for a peaceful, affluent, and resilient future of the region.

Prior to that, the minister paid homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the Father of the Nation of Bangladesh, by touring and inspecting the Bangabandhu Memorial Museum in Dhaka. Other ministers and delegation leaders were with him.

He had separate meetings outside of the conference with Takagi Kei, Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mohamed Maliki bin Osman, Singapore’s Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Second Minister for Education, and Afreen Akhter, the US Department of State’s Deputy Assistant Secretary.

‘Peace, Prosperity and Partnership for a Resilient Future’ is the topic of the conference, which is jointly organized by the Bangladesh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the India Foundation, and S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.

An event was arranged to promote energy cooperation between Bangladesh and Nepal.

In the meanwhile, on Saturday night in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Embassy of Nepal conducted a conference on “Realizing Energy Cooperation between Nepal and Bangladesh.” The gathering was held in honor of Bangladeshi Foreign Minister Narayan Prakash Saud’s visit. Dinner was served after the occasion.

The Embassy of Nepal in Dhaka said in a news statement that was published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today that the event was arranged with a view to encouraging partnership in the energy sector between the two nations as well as conversation among important stakeholders.

Speaking at the occasion, the foreign minister stressed Bangladesh’s expanding energy demands as well as Nepal’s enormous hydropower potential, emphasizing how energy cooperation might be a “win-win partnership” between the two nations. In order to realize energy commerce, he emphasized the need of improved connectivity and encouraged the private sector to take advantage of the potential present in the hydropower industry.

For both nations’ economic growth and sustainable development, Ambassador Ghanshyam Bhandati emphasized the need of enhancing energy cooperation.

Salman Fazlur Rahman, a special guest and the Prime Minister’s advisor on private industry and investment, emphasized the opportunities for cooperation in the power sector and explained how a partnership between Nepal and Bangladesh could help Bangladesh meet its rising energy needs while fostering green and sustainable development.

Dinesh Kumar Ghimire, the energy secretary, reaffirmed Nepal’s commitment to strengthening energy ties with Bangladesh and stressed the government’s eagerness to make power trading a reality soon.

Md Habibur Rahman, BPAA, the power secretary for Bangladesh, stated the government’s willingness to look into opportunities for collaboration and information exchange in the energy sector.

A presentation on energy cooperation between Nepal and Bangladesh was given by the Independent Power Producers’ Association of Nepal. They indicated a wish to collaborate closely with Bangladesh’s pertinent players to encourage investment in Nepal’s hydropower industry.

About 100 people, including media representatives, high-ranking government officials, corporate executives, prominent energy entrepreneurs from Bangladesh and Nepal, and Nepali professionals working in Dhaka, attended the session, according to the Embassy.

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