SASEC Discussion Platforms

SASEC helps its member countries build confidence and mutual trust by creating discussion platforms where shared interests are identified and addressed, for the benefit of all members. Together, the countries have established an overarching three-tier informal consultation process where they agree on agendas for coordinated action:

SASEC Nodal Officials Meeting

reviews / provides strategic direction and guidance for cooperation under SASEC

SASEC Technical Working Groups

for trade facilitation and transport, energy, and ICT, that review strategic priorities and project-based progress

Technical Sub-committees

that carry out the agreed actions of the working groups

The SASEC discussion platforms help countries plan and coordinate development initiatives at a regional level, and then prioritize and implement these projects at a national level. Gathering regularly at all three levels allows the SASEC countries to develop effective mechanisms to further cooperation and trade.

SASEC Energy Sector Working Group

This Working Group is represented at the Joint Secretary or Director General level. The annual or bi-annual energy working group meetings are a venue for member countries to:

  • review progress of ongoing SASEC energy projects and initiatives
  • jointly assess large-scale cross-border transmission and energy projects
  • determine project priorities with an emphasis on the regional dimension
  • initiate a common understanding of capacity building and share important findings
  • explore economic and climate-related benefits of clean energy and efficient energy practices
  • promote subregional and inter-regional cooperation through SASEC platforms
  • share experience and expertise among key stakeholders on best practices within and outside the region

SASEC Electricity Transmission Utility Forum (SETUF)

SETUF was formally established as a technical sub-committee of the Energy Working Group in 2013, and is envisioned to play a key role in developing cross-border power transmission connectivity, and promote greater power trade between the SASEC subregion and Sri Lanka. It also serves as a vehicle for knowledge exchange in the development of cross-border power transmission infrastructure. SETUF broadly focuses on

  • development, coordination and update of cross-border transmission plans
  • prioritization of regional grid interconnections
  • sharing of best practices and capacity development among members.