CASA-1000 will bring benefits to member countries: PM Nawaz
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has on Thursday termed CASA-1000 a flagship project in the region, and said that upon completion would bring a number of economic, social and environmental benefits to member countries.
Addressing the Quadrilateral Session of CASA-1000 conference in Dushanbe on Thursday, which was also attended by President of the host country, President of Afghanistan, and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, he said that the project would reduce the energy deficit, create jobs, improve trade and reduce carbon dioxide emissions, besides contributing to regional integration.
“We must make efforts to ensure that the project is completed well in time,” the prime minister said. He reiterated commitment of Pakistan for early implementation of CASA-1000 project.
The prime minister pointed out that tenders for transmission lines from Kyrgyzstan to Tajikistan and from Tajikistan to Afghanistan have been floated and are currently being evaluated. He hoped that worked on the project would begin very soon.
Nawaz Sharif said that on its completion, Pakistan will get 1,000 MW and Afghanistan 300 MW electricity in summer time, from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.
He further extended gratitude to President Emomali Rahmon and his dedicated team for excellent arrangements for the briefing session and work accomplished since launching of CASA-1000 Power Project last year.
The CASA-1000 project is scheduled for completion by 2018 under the umbrella of the World Bank. Tajikistan share in the energy export will be 70 percent while Kyrgyzstan will export 30 percent of electricity. Afghanistan will consume 300 MW of the exported energy while Pakistan will receive 1000 MW electricity.
Earlier, Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani held an informal meeting in Dushanbe on Thursday.
Both leaders will hold one on one meeting later on Thursday.
A trilateral meeting of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan will also be held to discuss regional security and other issues of mutual understanding.