Second Meeting of SAARC Council of Experts of Energy Regulators
The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Council of Experts of Energy Regulators (CEERE) serves as a regional forum to discuss, share knowledge, and achieve consensus on harmonized rules to enable bilateral and multilateral power trade in the SAARC region. The first SAARC-CEERE Meeting, held in December 2016 in Thimphu, Bhutan, finalized the terms of reference and work plan for the Council.
This upcoming Second Meeting of the SAARC CEERE will deliberate and finalize the road map for the implementation of the SAARC Framework Agreement on Energy Cooperation (Electricity) and discuss the implementation status of the CEERE Work Plan. It will discuss issues on power trade, including techno-economic rationale of power trade in the Western part of South Asia, harmonization of grid code/ operating procedures for cross-border power trade, and harmonizing electricity laws related to implementing the SAARC Framework Agreement on Energy (Electricity).
Representatives of energy/ power agencies of SAARC countries, and staff and consultants of the Asian Development Bank will attend the Meeting.
The SAARC Energy Regulators’ Meeting held on 8-9 February 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka recommended the establishment of the CEERE. The 42nd Session of the Standing Committee, convened on 16 March 2016 in Pokhara, Nepal, approved the recommendation. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) extends technical and financial support to the Council.