Maldives proposes measures to tackle energy crisis

President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom on Saturday proposed four measures to address the energy crisis facing countries of the eight-member regional body, whose leaders focused their inaugural speeches, at the 15th summit meeting, on a wide range of topics from terrorism and climate change to rising food prices. Noting that high demand for energy was a consequence of rapid economic growth in South Asia, Gayoom said that first, reliance on fossil fuels need to be reduced and tangible targets should be set to harness alternative energy sources.