Lack of co­op­er­a­tion among SAARC na­tions

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

Pub­lished in Southasia’s Au­gust 2015 is­sue, the lead ar­ti­cle on energy-de­fi­cient SAARC re­gion was well re­searched and in­for­ma­tive. A lack of co­op­er­a­tion among the South Asian coun­tries is the big­gest ob­sta­cle that hin­ders their abil­ity to gen­er­ate suf­fi­cient elec­tric­ity and power, par­tic­u­larly from the re­new­able energy re­sources. At the mo­ment, not a sin­gle coun­try in South Asia has abun­dant energy to meet its needs com­pletely and reg­u­lar power out­ages are very com­mon in this part of the world. The uni­for­mity of the is­sue speaks vol­umes of their in­abil­ity to de­vise vi­able means to gen­er­ate suf­fi­cient power through un­tapped energy re­sources, e.g. so­lar energy, wind power, geo­ther­mal, biomass, hy­dropower and wave and tidal power, etc. Other than the loom­ing energy-de­fi­ciency and power cri­sis, the whole SAARC re­gion has been also grap­pling with cli­mate change chal­lenges which, as a re­sult, lead them to acute wa­ter scarci­ties as well. How­ever, SAARC coun­tries have yet to in­crease their pace in quest of sus­tain­able energy so­lu­tions that can­not be achieved with­out co­op­er­a­tion and mu­tual sup­port. Since the energy cri­sis re­mains the same in these coun­tries, there is a need to set re­gional dis­putes aside and work to­gether to find a per­ma­nent energy so­lu­tion be­fore it’s too late.

Dr. Farid Ud­din Sha­hab,

Karachi, Pak­istan

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