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Panel Sessions

Title of the session:

Session Sponsor: Siemens Bangladesh Ltd.

Session Chair: Dr. Ahmad Kaikaus, Hon'ble Secretary, Power Division, MPEMR.

Moderator: Prof. Dr. S. Shahnawaz Ahmed, Dept. of EEE, BUET.

Time and Date: 11 am-1:05 pm on 20 December 2018 Thursday

Venue: Council Bhaban, BUET

Over the last decade Bangladesh has evolved from a LDC status to that of a developing country. This is reflected in the demand for electricity which is increasing every year by approximately 10% or more. The highest demand for grid electricity noted as of year 2018 is around 10,500 MW (at load substation i.e. 33 kV end) against a generation capacity of 16,445 MW. But due to various reasons such as ageing or de-rating of existing generation units, depletion of gas in the indigenous gas fields which are mostly in the eastern part of the country or lack of gas supply at requisite pressure, the usable generation capacity is marginally above the demand. So to cater to the rising demand and to increase operational (spinning) reserve and reliability, and maintain voltage profile, GoB is very keen to increase generation capacity using substitute sources like nuclear, imported coal and LNG besides power import from neighbouring SAARC countries and exploring new gas fields in the off-shore and southern part of the country. Renewable sources (specially solar) are also being explored and penetrating into the grid though at a slower pace due to their inherent intermittent nature, higher costs and more land requirement. However, during evening peak conventional fuel based power plants are the only options. Recently a 20-member committee formed by Power Division of MPEMR for review of PSMP 2016 has projected the annual maximum demand and required generation expansion for the time period 2018-2030. The revised projection shows that by the year 2030 the demand will be 41, 890 MW requiring a net generation capacity addition of 58,399 MW. This panel session will discuss the challenges, appropriate measures and propose a road map towards the implementation of the contemplated generation plan along with a commensurate transmission and distribution infrastructure for a sustainable and resilient power system in Bangladesh ensuring electricity to all.



11:00 am - 11:10 am : Video presentation by Siemens Bangladesh Ltd.

11:10 am - 12:10 pm: Panel speakers (Each 20 minutes):

Sl. No. Speaker Title
1 Chairman of BPDB/ representative Generation plan
2 Managing Director of PGCB/ representative Transmission plan and grid control for resiliency
3 Chairman of REB/ representative Rural electricity distribution plan

12:10 pm - 12:25 pm: Panel Discussants (Each 5 minutes):
1. Prof. Dr. M. Nurul Islam, Former Director and Professor, Institute of Appropriate Technology, BUET
2. Engr. Md. Mizanur Rahman, Member BERC
3. Prof. Dr. Abdul Hasib Chowdhury, Dept. of EEE, BUET

12:25 pm - 12:35 pm: Questions from Audience

12.35 pm - 12.50 pm: Response by Keynote speakers (Each 5 minutes)

12.50 pm- 12.55 pm: Wrapping up by Moderator

12.55 pm-1.05 pm: Conclusion by Chair

01.05 pm: Closure of the panel session followed by lunch

Title of the session:

Session Sponsor: Teletalk Bangladesh Ltd.

Session Chair: Prof. Dr. Satya Prasad Majumder, Dept. of EEE, BUET.

Time and Date: 02:15 pm - 04:00 pm on 22 December 2018 Saturday

Venue: Room # 625, ECE Bhaban, BUET.

Over the last decades, the world has seen a massive surge in the diverse applications of telecommunications, which is directly contributing to the economic growth across the nations. Cellular networks, broadband Internet, optical backbone, satellite networking, WiFi and submarine cables are the major drivers for supporting the ever growing huge demand from subscribers. Over the last decade, Bangladesh has achieved the criteria for graduating from LDC status to that of a developing country. Large investment in telecommunications sectors and corresponding nationwide expansion of various forms of networks is undoubtedly playing a major role in the national development of Bangladesh and thus accelerating the pace for achieving our long cherished vision of "Digital Bangladesh". This year, Bangladesh has become the 57th country having own satellites by launching the first ever GEO communication satellite. A second submarine cable landing station at Kuakata has also started its operation. Optical fiber network has been extended to the Union Parishod level across the country. Cellular operators have launched their 4G technology. It is now extremely critical for Bangladesh to exploit these technologies and infrastructures in a planned, organized, efficient and secured way for sustainable economic growth and quality of life.

This panel session will discuss on some of the state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructures and technologies available in Bangladesh. Besides, prospects, road maps and challenges of these technologies in the context of Bangladesh will be focused. Importance on the development of appropriate regulations and national policies, initiatives of potential expansions and the significance of the quality research in telecommunications for a healthy growth of this sector and a sustainable development of Bangladesh will also be highlighted.



02.15 pm - 02:20 pm: Arrival of the Panel Speakers.

02.20 pm - 03.20 pm: Speech by the Panel Speakers (Each 20 minutes):

Sl. No. Speaker Designation Title
1 Md. Abdul Moqaddem Chief General Manager (Sales and Marketing), Addl. General Manager (International), Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) Optical Fiber Network for Nationwide Connectivity
2 Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood Chairman, Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL) Bangabandhu-1 Satellite, Vision and Future Directions
3 Aminul Hassan Commissioner, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Next Generation Wireless Networks and Telecommunication Policies

03:20 pm - 03:40 pm: Questions from the Audience

03:40 pm - 03:50 pm: A Short Presentation on the Research Activity of the Dept. of EEE, BUET in the field of Telecommunications

03:50 pm- 03:55 pm: Token of Appreciation for the Speakers

03:55 pm - 04:00 pm: Closing Speech by the Session Chair