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Bangladesh — Institutional Strengthening for a Transmission and Distribution Company

Key Objectives:

To assist the Dhaka Electric Supply Company and the Power Grid Company of Bangladesh with institutional capability strengthening, technical performance improvements, and system protection.

Location:
Bangladesh
Status:
Completed in 2001

Further to a proposal from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the newly-created Dhaka Electricity Supply Company (DESCO) and Power Grid Company of Bangladesh (PGCB) requested the Global Sustainable Electricity Partnership’s (GSEP) assistance to strengthen the efficiency of its management and to improve its transmission and distribution systems.

A five-day workshop on management strengthening for the transmission line industry took place on March 27-31, 2000. Thirty-two participants attended the workshop, including the managers and chief engineers of the Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB), PGCB and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), as well as representatives of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) and two private companies, Siemens and Energypac Engineering Ltd. The local representative of the ADB attended the event as an observer.

As the second part of the project, a five-day workshop on management strengthening for the distribution company DESCO was held in Dhaka, from March 12-16, 2001. The event dealt with organisation and revenue management, power distribution (planning and construction) and operation & maintenance. Participants included representatives of the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Resources (MEMR), the Planning Commission, DESA, DESCO, BPDB, the Rural Electrification Board (REB), PGCB, and four private companies contracting for DESCO. The high-level qualifications of the participants, including high-ranking officers and chief engineers of the above-mentioned ministries, boards and companies, as well as the promotion of interaction by three of GSEP’s member company experts during the presentations, made the success of the workshop possible.

The workshop was a great success and the door has been left open for future assistance to DESCO and the Bangladesh electricity industry.

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