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Performance of the Power Sector of Bangladesh: Governance Failures and Remedial Measures

Performance of the Power Sector of Bangladesh:

Governance Failures and Remedial Measures

M.Zakir Hossian Khan

M. Rasheduzzman

The Government of Bangladesh is committed to provide affordable and reliable electricity to all citizens by 2020. However, among the country’s 138 million people, only 42 percent has access to electricity and per capita consumption is about 140 kwh. The PDB’s official report shows a shortfall of generation of around 2000 – 2200mw. However, according to PSMP 2006, additional around 4350 mw power has to add into national grid by2010. Though the current care taker government cancelled the dubious bidding process of SPP, mobilizes resources for BERC, restart of several procurements alleged to be link with corruption, converting DESA into public limited company along with the preparation of so-called citizens’ charter for service providing agencies through declaring the three-year roadmap, but the situation of demand shortage is remained same or even worse than earlier time and corruption is also perverse (still non-technical system loss is on average 19.3 percent. This study examined the existing problems and governance failures in the electricity sector and the factors have influenced to inefficiency.

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