June 8th, 2020 - 8:30pm
High-level Online Debate: Are we going against the tide? Bangladesh to double its fossil fuel imports in the coming decade as renewables lag behind
Brac University proudly presents you with a high-profile debate that will take on the question whether Bangladesh’s energy sector is going against the tide and will soon face rough waters or whether the focus on fossil fuels is the prudent approach of the time and secures the country’s ambitious development agenda.
Against the motion (No, doubling down on fossil fuels is the most prudent approach to reach Bangladesh's goals)
- H.E. Nasrul Hamid, State Minister for the Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources of the Government of Bangladesh People's Republic of Bangladesh
- Moinuddin Hasan Rashid, Managing Director, United Power Generation & Distribution
- Azadul Haq, CEO (Power) – Max Group, Bangladesh
In favor of the motion (Yes, Bangladesh is going against the tide which will create regrettable lock-ins):
- Dipal Barua, President of Bangladesh Solar and Renewable Energy Association (BSREA)
- Dr. Daniel Kammen, the Class of 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at UC Berkeley, USA
- Jeffrey Char, Chairman at TRENDE, CEO at SOGO Energy, and Adjunct Professor at IE Business School, Spain
Moderation: Dr. Sebastian Groh, Associate Professor, BRAC University, CEO of SOLshare
Date and time: Monday, June 8th, at 8.30pm (Bangladesh Standard Time)
The webinar seats are limited and will be filled on a rolling basis. To join, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/w5dSYqP81G91tyWf9
Alternatively, the webinar will be broadcast live on the BRACU Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BRACUniversity/
The debate will be a high-level informed policy analysis. The following will be the format and features of this session:
- There will be two debate teams, one in favor and one against the motion.
- Each team will consist of three members.
- The debate will be firmly moderated.
- Debaters will avoid making unnecessary personal or political statements.
- Debaters will be requested to make timed and on-topic statements.
- There will be no keynote or power-point presentation.
- An initial poll will be taken to show the in favor and against the motion split of the audience.
- A final poll measuring the new in favor or against the motion split will be taken after the debate.
- The team which sways the most minds will be the winner.
Please find attached further details, including a briefing note on each of the panellists positioning in this debate.
Looking forward to your attendance and contributions. And, don't forget to sign up (https://forms.gle/w5dSYqP81G91tyWf9)!