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Nepal, Bangladesh sign MoU on energy cooperation

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KATHMANDU — Nepal and Bangladesh have signed a memorandum of understanding for power sector cooperation for intensifying the bilateral engagements for power sector development.

Minister of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation Barsha Man Pun and his Bangladeshi counterpart Minister of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid have signed the agreement amid a function here in Kathmandu on Friday.

Nepal has identified Bangladesh as a prospective market for hydroelectricity, which is a clean and renewable source of energy.

Nepal then had started talking with Bangladesh on bilateral energy cooperation since the power trade agreement (PTA) was signed with India in 2014.

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Nepal and Bangladesh, after the ‘SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity)’ among the SAARC member states in November 2014, have seen the prospects of bilateral power cooperation.

But, to execute power trade and power cooperation between the two nations, Nepal and Bangladesh need to hold talks with India as there is power trade between Nepal and India, and also Bangladesh and India.

Bangladesh will require around 34,000 megawatts of power by 2030 to sustain the high economic growth of above seven per cent.

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Business community demands slash in interest rate

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BIRATNAGAR— The industrialists and traders in Biratnagar have asked the government to immediately reduce the high interest rate charged by the bank and financial institutions (BFIs) from the borrowers.

They argued that the interest rate should be around seven percent for the production-based industries and up to nine percent for the trading firms.

At a programme jointly organised by Industry Association Morang and Trade Association Morang on Thursday, the business leaders drew attention of the government to that end adding that job creation for the labour force of 500,000 was not likely only from the industry and trade sectors.

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Stressing the need for slashing the interest rate, they also argued the central bank should realise the reality that no bank was running out of loss. The industrialists and businesspersons said that industries and business should flourish to reduce the trade deficit, strengthen the economy and create more job opportunities.

Industrialists Bhim Ghimire, Pawan Kumar Sharda, Sushen Pyakurel, Moti Dugad and others said that bank’s interest rate should be low to increase the domestic investment and lure the foreign investment.

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