Islamabad, August 26, 2013 (PPI-OT): A seminar on collaboration between Pakistan and Indonesia in the field of sui gas as a fuel for vehicular traffic commenced in Jakarta today. From Pakistan 7-member delegation led by Mr. Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha accompanied by the Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan participated in the seminar.
Inaugurating the seminar which aims to find opportunities to concretize Pakistan’s participation in building mother-daughter CNG pump stations in Indonesia, Dr. Andy Noorsaman, Head of BPHMigas (Gas Infrastructure, Oil and Gas Downstream Regulatory Body), Republic of Indonesia said that earlier in February, 2013, Indonesian delegation led by BPHMigas visited Pakistan in seeking the opportunity and sharing the experience to build cooperation in CNG business among the two countries.
The objective of the visit of APCNGA delegation and meetings is to further explore and share the knowledge and experience into business opportunities and cooperation between Pakistan CNG businessmen and Indonesian CNG stakeholders.
He declared that the people of Indonesia has the right to benefit from oil and gas resources and their government plans to increase domestic natural gas use up to 30% of the total energy mix stated in the National Energy Policy including CNG usage in the transportation sector.
Ambassador of Pakistan Mr. Sanaullah who was credited for initiating the cooperation in this vital field said that in the ever changing world and the emerging challenges, both friendly countries needed to create more bridges of cooperation and collaboration to take the relations to higher notch.
This factor is essential to create stakes in the historically rich relations by younger generations of the two countries. With skills developed in Pakistan and its experts willingness to transfer the relevant technology, the prospects for collaboration in the use of CNG in Indonesia are promising. It would be a win-win situation. Indonesia will be able to use its indigenous resources of gas, thus reducing fuel pollution and Pakistan will be able to balance its trade, to certain extant.
Ambassador Burhan Mohammad welcomed the collaboration of the public and private sector from both countries in this field. He extended his full support for the project and highlighted Pakistan’s competence in this field.
The Chairman of All Pakistan CNG Association Mr. Ghiyas Abdullah Paracha said that APCNGA offers technical support to the Government and Private Sector of Indonesia to kick start the process of establishing CNG Stations and conversion stations to install CNG Kits in vehicles.
He offered that APCNG is willing for investment and can establish 50 CNG Stations in six months. He also stated that earlier they have provided technical expertise to Malaysia, UAE and Bangladesh and the imitative can be successful if the Indonesian Government provides land and investment friendly policy.
Later both sides, especially Representatives of the Private Sectors held free and frank question and answer session to brief each other on prospects of mutually beneficial collaboration. They exchanged technical data, government policies and regulations.
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