Lack of cooperation among SAARC nations
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,