Pakistan can acquire 2000mw electricity from CASA project

Karachi: Pakistan’s massive power shortage may end up through acquiring up to 2000 mega watt electricity from mega project of CASA 1000 (Central Asia South Asia Regional Energy & Trade).

This was stated by Ambassador of Tajikistan, Zubaydullo N Zubaydov, while speaking on the national day celebrations of Tajikistan at local hotel on Thursday, the Tajik Envoy said that Pakistan would receive electricity at very economical rate once the project gets completed. He said that this project would further strengthen and improve bilateral economic ties between Pakistan and Tajikistan.

CASA-1000 project will transmit 1000 MW of surplus electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan with power transit through Afghanistan. The total length of transmission line is 750 KM while the project is planned to be on Public Private Partnership basis with the support of WB, IFC, ADB and IDB. The project cost is estimated around $865 million.

`Zubaydov said that the Protocol signed at Dushanbe during the 4th Pak-Tajik JMC has provided vast opportunities for bilateral cooperation in various fields including agriculture, education, trade, energy, health, sports, tourism, industry, investment, banking, transport, communications, culture and combating drugs.

While showing his satisfaction over the outcome of the recent visit of a 108-member trade delegation led by Chief Executive of TDAP, Tariq Puri from Pakistan to Dushanbe, he said that establishing road and air links between the two countries would give a breakthrough to bilateral trade between the two countries. He announced to provide all necessary assistance to the businessmen. “The Tajik embassy is available to the Pakistani businessmen 24 hours to help them in their efforts for trade”, Zubaydov said.

Speaking on the occasion, TDAP’s Chief Executive, Tariq Puri hoped that the outcome of a strong delegation’s visit to Tajikistan would be fruitful as Pakistan’s communications minister’s visit to Dushanbe is one step forward to establish road link between Pakistan and Tajikistan via Afghanistan.

The Honorary Consul General of Tajikistan in Karachi, Irshad A Kassim said in his welcome address that efforts to enhance bilateral trade between the two brotherly countries are going on from both private and public sector. He said that banking channel has already been established between the two countries and traders can open up letter of credit now. He hoped that road link to Dushanbe via Wakhan (Afghanistan) would give a real boost to bilateral trade between the two countries. The Vice President, FPCCI, Usman Shaikh also spoke on the occasion.

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