Islamabad, May 16, 2012 (PPI-OT): A Two Day Inter Governmental Council meeting for import of electricity to Pakistan (CASA-100) has started at Dubai today. Delegation from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzistan, World Bank, USAID, Islamic Development Bank, ADB, IFC and Arab Bank are participating. Federal Minister for Water and Power is leading the Pakistani delegation in the second session of the IGC to be held tomorrow. After the meeting an agreement will be signed between the countries and the donors. According to a message received from Dubai, Embassy of Pakistan, UAE, today.
Mr. Hilal Raza, Adviser on Energy Import, Ministry of Water and Power on behalf of the Government of Pakistan and Minister for Water and Power while addressing to the first session thanked the World Bank and USAID for organizing the meeting. He said that the energy sale arrangement should be between the buyers and the sellers at the earliest. The project is very important for Pakistan and it has the dire need of electricity for future. Pakistan Government is taking all the possible measures to complete the project.
The World Bank representative also termed it very important and stated that the bank is providing all the support, financial, technical, coordination and secretarial assistance and proposed to start the project construction by February 2014. All the procedural requirements like bidding, hiring of consultants will be completed.
Afghanistan Minister, Ismail khan assured complete security for the project and informed the meeting that number of important project have been started in Afghanistan and being provided completer security.
In his opening statement, Tajik Minister Gul Sherali stated all are working to implement the CASA-1000 project through cooperating each other.. As this project is providing energy to its maximum capacity in the spring season, and Pakistan also needs more energy in that season. It is very important for Pakistan to take benefit from the project in that season.
It is noted here that Pakistan will import 1000 MW from the project termed CASA-1000 and Afghanistan will import 300 MW from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzistan. Four countries have already signed an MOU for this project on August 4, 2008. The present government attached high priority to this project and emphasing its early completion.
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