United States Agency for International Development, USAID and Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves assemble key stakeholders for Improved Cookstove Market Facilitation Platform. Catalyzing Clean Energy in Bangladesh (CCEB), a project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in cooperation with The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance), hosted by the United Nations Foundation, organized the Third Annual Market Facilitation Platform for Improved Cookstoves (ICS) in Bangladesh at Bangabandu International Conference Centre, Dhaka.
With focus on creating a dynamic and sustainable market for clean cooking solutions, this year’s theme was aptly set as ‘Transitioning Towards a Sustainable Market’. More than 200 entrepreneurs, donors, government stakeholders, and national and international NGO officials convened to discuss strategies for the transition from a nascent to a sustainable ICS market, create employment opportunities through stove manufacture and distribution, and improve health outcomes for women and children.
Mr. Md. Tajul Islam, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, was present to encourage this initiative as the Chief Guest of the inauguration ceremony.
USAID Office Director of Economic Growth Office Mr. Farhad Ghaussy, Principle Secretary to Prime Minister Mr. Abul Kalam Azad, and Additional Secretary Power Division Mr. Ahmed Kaikaus, also joined as Special Guests.
USAID Office Director of Economic Growth Office Mr. Farhad Ghaussy, emphasized the U.S. Government’s commitment to working with the Government of Bangladesh and other partners to promote the use of more fuel-efficient cookstoves that produce less harmful emissions, are more energy-efficient, and do not pose health hazards. Md Tajul Islam, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, stated that the government is committed to reduce carbon emissions associated with inefficient cooking practices.
The government will provide all necessary assistance to encourage families to switch to cleaner and more efficient cooking technologies and fuels. Alongside, key participants from the ICS domain expressed their wholehearted support in taking necessary steps to build a sustainable market for clean cooking solutions.
Arijit Basu, Alliance’s director for Asia and Sub Saharan Africa, thanked the Government and all partners for their endless support and commitment to the sector and hopes to work together to achieve the target of the Country Action Plan and make all kitchens in the country smoke free by 2030.
USAID’s CCEB project is a five-year, $15 million activity that will help Bangladesh develop markets for clean cookstoves, promote industrial energy efficiency, create a regulatory environment for clean energy development and lend significant support to local ICS manufacturers, distributors, retailers, financiers, NGOs and other stakeholders. The second market facilitation platform last year, demonstrated the combined efforts from both CCEB and The Alliance into showcasing the need for a strong foundation for a vibrant improved cookstoves market.
The Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves seeks to mobilize high-level national and donor commitments towards the goal of universal adoption of clean cookstoves and fuels. Alliance’s goal is for 100 million households to adopt clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels by 2020. USAID is a founding partner of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and is working closely with the Alliance and other U.S. Government partners to collectively achieve this target.