India’s Power Secretary Alok Kumar calls on Minister Bhusal

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Kathmandu, February 24: A delegation from India comprising Secretary at the Ministry of Power, Alok Kumar, including others today, Thursday, paid a courtesy on Minister for Energy, water Resources and Irrigation, Pampha Bhusal.

During the meeting, matters relating to energy development, power trade, bilateral cooperation and mutual interests were discussed. On the occasion, the Minister stressed the need for mutual cooperation for the utilization of Nepal’s hydropower and thus advancing towards the path of economic prosperity.

“Nepal’s hydropower should be utilized for the cause of both countries and a bilateral cooperation is needed for the same,” she shared. The Minister further echoed the need of creating atmosphere for energy trade in the third countries as well. She urged the southern neighbor to help build an atmosphere for Nepal’s energy trade in the Indian market, hoping that India as a good and close neighbor of Nepal would support its friend nation in achieving prosperity.

“I hope that meeting of energy officials (joint secretaries) from Nepal and India underway in Kathmandu would be productive towards that end,” she mentioned.

In response, the Indian power secretary was of the view that power trade would help further strengthen the bilateral ties, adding that India was always positive for building an environment conducive for energy trade. He hinted India was positive for promoting transnational power trade. He expected the meeting would yield good results, adding the implementation of Arun III project was going on in full swing and the completion of it would contribute to further consolidate the bilateral ties between the two neighbors.

Energy Secretary Devendra Karki, Joint-Secretary Baburam Bhandari and Nepal Electricity Authority ( NEA) Executive Director Kulman Ghising were among those present on the occasion.

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