Dacca, 4 January 1973
The Government of INDIA
The Government of BANGLADESH
CONSIDERING that the geography of the region provides a natural basis for co-operation between the two countries in he development
and utilisation of its resources for the benefit of the people of the region and
HAVING decided to examine the feasibility of linking the power grids of Bangladesh with the adjoining areas of India and to establish
a Joint Power Co-operation Board,
FURTHER AGREED as follows :
1. An Indo-Bangladesh Joint Power Co-ordination Board has been established by the Government of India and Bangladesh. The Board shall
comprise four members who will be engineers with experience of power development, each participating Government appointing two members.
The participating Government may also appoint such experts and advisers as it considers appropriate.
2. The functions of the Board shall, in particular, be the following :
(a) To maintain liaison between the participating countries in order to ensure the most effective joint efforts in maximising the
benefits from the power systems and energy resources to mutual benefit;
(b) To examine the feasibility of and formulate and recommend proposals for short-term and long-term projects for linking the power
grids of Bangladesh and the adjoining areas of India and to implement them subject to the approval of the two Governments;
(c) To formulate proposals for carrying coordinated technical studies on the problems of power development affecting both the countries.
An indicated Action Programme is shown at Attachment “A”.
3. Each Government shall provide supporting staff and secretariat assistance to its representatives on the Board to enable them to
discharge their functions in an effective manner.
4. The Board shall adopt its own rules of procedure. Meetings may generally take place alternatively in the two countries subject
to the convenience of the two Governments. The ordinary sessions of the Board may be held as often as necessary. In addition, special
meetings may be convened at the request of either Government. Special meetings of Working Groups or Ad Hoc.
Expert Groups may be arranged, as required, by the mutual consultations of the Members.
All meetings shall be closed meetings unless the Board decides otherwise.
5. The Board shall submit confirmed minutes of all meetings to the Governments. The Board shall also submit annual report by 31st
January of the following year.
6. Recommendations of the Board shall be unanimous.
7. If any differences arise in the interpretation of the Memorandum, they shall be referred to the two Governments to be dealt with
on a bilateral basis in a spirit of mutual respect and understanding.
DONE in Dacca on the 4th January 1973 (One thousand nine hundred seventy three).
For the Government of India
For the Government of the
People's Republic of Bangladesh
High Commissioner of India
Secretary, Ministry of Power,
Natural Resources and
Scientific and Technological