News List

Compiled features on recent developments in regional cooperation and integration in the SASEC region.

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January 2021

India Agrees to Add 100 MW to Nepal's Electricity Import

The Government of India has agreed to sell an additional 100 megawatt of electricity to Nepal. Nepal already imports 250 MW of electricity from India through this transmission line. The new provision increases Nepal’s allowable electricity import from India to up to 800 MW of electricity.

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Tags: India, Nepal, Electricity

January 2021

Bangladesh and India Hold Foreign Office Consultations

The Governments of Bangladesh and India held their Foreign Office Consultations on 29 January 2021 in New Delhi, India. The meeting held a comprehensive review of progress achieved in their bilateral relationship in areas such as cooperation on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), trade, connectivity, development partnership, power, energy, and regional cooperation.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Connectivity, Energy, Trade, COVID-19

January 2021

Bangladesh, India Review Power Cooperation in the Subregion

The 19th Joint Steering Committee meeting on Bangladesh-India cooperation in the power sector held on 23 January 2021 at Dhaka, Bangladesh reviewed the status of power trade between the two countries. They also discussed energy trade involving Nepal and Bhutan.

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Tags: Bangladesh, Energy, India

January 2021

Sixth Meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission Highlights Progress in Cross-border Connectivity

The Sixth Meeting of the India-Nepal Joint Commission highlighted the need to facilitate cross border movement of people and goods. They remarked on how the newly inaugurated integrated check post at Birgunj and Biratnagar have promoted seamless movement of people and trade between the two countries. They also welcomed the completion of the first passenger railway line between India and Nepal from Jaynagar to Kurtha.

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Tags: India, Nepal, Rail, Road

January 2021

Commentary: Pandemic Partners: Regional Cooperation Has Helped Asia and the Pacific Mitigate and Recover from COVID-19

Regional cooperation in the international movement of goods, people, knowledge, capital, and resources has helped countries in Asia and the Pacific achieve growth and reduce poverty. Continued regional cooperation in these fields could also play a huge role in addressing the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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January 2021

Bangladesh for Discussions with India to Remove Non-tariff Barriers

Mr. Tipu Munshi, Minister of Commerce of the Government of Bangladesh, called for more discussions between Bangladesh and India on the removal of non-tariff barriers to further grow their bilateral trade. There is ample opportunity to boost trade by removing non-tariff barriers. Improving customs facilities in bordering areas could also further increase bilateral trade between the two countries.

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Tags: Bangladesh, India, Trade Facilitation, Non-tariff barriers

January 2021

India, Sri Lanka Discuss Opportunities for Further Cooperation

India and Sri Lanka are looking forward to cooperating post-COVID-19, underscored Mr. Jaishankar during his visit to Sri Lanka. He noted that many opportunities are in discussion, such as special zones for pharmaceutical manufacturing and tourism. There were also proposals in infrastructure, energy, and connectivity. He also stressed that the Indian business community is strongly interested in investing in Sri Lanka.

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Tags: India, Sri Lanka, Tourism, Energy