Meghalaya seeks Canadian help in energy

The Meghalaya government today sought 'expertise' from Canada to tap into the state's energy resources and greater cooperation across sectors.

"We have sought their expertise on tapping energy sources - mini-hydro, thermal, solar and also nuclear - and we felt the state has tremendous potential in these energy sources," the state's Planning Board co-chairman John F Kharshiing told reporters here after meeting representatives from the Government of Canada.

They also suggested that a wind map study in the state could be considered to properly tap the huge potential available in a hilly state like Meghalaya, he said.

Detailed discussions were also held on Human Resources (College, ITI, Polytechnic) expertise, Information and Communication Technology, Water Treatment, Waste Management, Mining and Livestock technology, including a cheap road construction technology, the planning board chairman said.

The Canadian side also gave a detailed presentation on the possible trade opportunities available from Saskatchewan Province in Canada.

The officials gave an overview of the strengths of Saskatchewan, especially in pulses production. Saskatchewan's total exports totalled to more than USD 20 billion. Trade with India at present is over USD 1 billion.

The Canadian officials also extended an invitation to the Meghalaya State Planning Board to visit Saskatchewan Province in Canada so as to have a better understanding of their various agro technologies, including livestock, that could benefit Meghalaya.