A person aware of the development said, impressed by India’s rural electrification drive, West Asian countries such as Jordan and Syria and some countries in sub-Saharan Africa have evinced interest in state-run Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) bringing electricity to their villages.
REC, India’s largest power sector lender, is the nodal agency that executed the scheme. This comes in the backdrop of electricity finally reaching all of India’s 597,464 census villages on 28 April, setting the stage for universal household electrification.
P.V. Ramesh, chairman and managing director, REC said , given our experience and expertise in the field of electrification, we are prepared to provide a range of services and financing for developing power sector in other emerging economies.”
India has been looking at rebuilding infrastructure in Syria, including a power plant in the country, Mint reported on 12 August 2016.
India also has been stepping up its engagement with Jordan, seen as part of India’s extended neighbourhood to its west. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the Gulf Arab states of Jordan, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and Oman in February this year.
Power secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla said, “we are working in some countries in areas of transmission through Power Grid Corp. of India Ltd (PGCIL). We are willing to provide consultancy to those who seek assistance through the consulting arms of PGCIL and REC.”