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Energy cooperation in South Asia: prospects and challenges

Gippner, Olivia (2010) Energy cooperation in South Asia: prospects and challenges. . South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics & Environment (SAWTREE), Kathmandu, Nepal. ISBN 978-9937-8504-0-7

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Abstract

Reliable energy supply is needed to alleviate poverty and achieve sustainable economic growth. This paper assesses the barriers to regional energy cooperation in South Asia Growth focusing particularly on Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Nepal. The paper finds that the barriers to stronger regional energy cooperation and trade are economic, political and social in nature. In this respect, the lack of separation of economic and political interests has defined electricity as a strategic commodity, which placed it under the mercy of political instability and party politics. Nevertheless, the document notes that there have been several international good practices of energy cooperation, particularly in establishing regional power grids. In this sense, the author highlights that once the circumstances of political stability and commitment to cooperation are established, technical and commercial problems can be resolved.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.sawtee.org/
Additional Information: © 2010 South Asia Watch on Trade, Economics and Environment (SAWTEE)
Divisions: IGA: LSE IDEAS
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > LSE IDEAS
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2015 16:14
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2020 23:08
Projects: SAWTREE Regional Programme on Research, Capacity Building and Advocacy on Trade (ReCAT).
Funders: Oxfam Novib, the Netherlands
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/62255

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