Kathmandu, January 27
High-ranking officials of Nepal and India will meet tomorrow in Kathmandu to discuss implementation of power trade agreement that the two countries signed in 2014.
On Thursday, Joint Working Group (JWG), led by Sanjay Sharma and Jyoti Arora, joint secretaries of Nepal’s Ministry of Energy (MoE) and India’s Ministry of Power (MoP), respectively, is scheduled to meet and discuss matters related to cross-border electricity transmission, grid connectivity and power trade between Nepal and India.
However, Arora had not confirmed her participation till late today evening, as per a reliable MoE source. “If she fails to attend the meeting, other officials from Nepal and India will head the meeting.”
On Friday, the Joint Steering Committee, headed by MoE Secretary Suman Prasad Sharma and MoP Secretary Pradeep Kumar Pujari, will meet to deliberate on the outcome of the JWG meeting.
This is the second time these joint mechanisms are holding a meeting since their formation in October 2014, when the historic Nepal-India Agreement on Electric Power Trade, Cross-Border Transmission, Interconnection and Grid Connectivity was signed.
Meetings of these joint mechanisms were previously held in New Delhi in November 2014.
A version of this article appears in print on January 28, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.