Training on Energy Statistics for Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives and Nepal” is an approved programme activity of SAARC Energy Centre, Islamabad for FY 2016. A two-day training on energy statistics was organized in each of the mentioned member states. The first training was held in Nepal on June 21-22, 2016 in collaboration with the Water and Energy Commission Secretariat (WECS), Government of Nepal in the Conference Hall of WECS, Singha Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal. The second training was organized in Male, Maldives on August 02-03 2016 in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives. Similarly, the training in Thimphu, Bhuatan was held on 15-16 August 2016 and the fourth training in Kabul, Afghanistan in collaboration with the Department of Renewable Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bhutan and the Ministry of Energy and Water, Afghanistan respectively. The Programme Coordinator for these trainings was Mr. Suresh Shrestha, Research Fellow (Energy, Transport and Environment).
SEC is mandated to maintain a comprehensive database dealing with different aspects of energy system in the SAARC Region to provide a basis for facilitating and promoting regional energy cooperation. The Centre published first SAARC Energy Data Book (2001-2010) in the year 2013 and subsequently published SAARC Energy Data Book (2001-2011) and SAARC Energy Data Book (2002-2012) in the year 2014 and 2015 respectively.
These publications are, however, based on the secondary data accessed from the databases of international organizations and the most recent data of most of the member states are not available. It is important that the SAARC member states maintain energy statistics and energy balances of their respective country timely so that the most current energy data and other information pertaining to energy in the region are available to the end users, policy makers, researchers and international energy community at large. As most of the SAARC Member States do not update and publish energy data regularly, SAARC Energy Centre conceptualized this activity in the above mentioned four SAARC countries with a view to enhancing their capacities in Energy Statistics.
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