SASEC Energy Sector Strategy

  • Improve cross-border electricity transmission connectivity
  • Increase power trade
  • Increase cooperation in energy efficiency and clean power development
  • Capacity development

Key Facts

  • SASEC countries are rich in renewable resources although energy resources are unevenly distributed: India has huge coal reserves, Bangladesh has natural gas, while Bhutan and Nepal have hydropower.
  • Domestic and sub-regional energy resources in South Asia are not being fully exploited—shortages are causing an increasing dependence on fuel imports from outside the region.

Key Challenges

  • Strengthening of national power grids to ensure efficient and reliable energy supplies.
  • Development of cross-border energy interconnection infrastructure to create and serve an effective regional power market.
  • Improvement of energy trade infrastructure, including harmonized energy policies and legal regulatory frameworks

Unlocking the Future:
Regional Energy Cooperation

  • Helps optimize resources and improves intraregional trade by reducing costs and import dependence.
  • Improves efficiency in the power sector and strengthens energy security during external shocks or volatile petroleum prices
  • Enhances regional power exchange structures.
  • Increases access and development of renewable energy resources, helping protect an increasingly fragile environment