Pakistan, Tajikistan: Stress laid on developing energy corridor

ISLAMABAD: Practical steps are needed for the implementation of an energy corridor between Pakistan and Tajikistan, which would connect Central and South Asia to alleviate poverty and regional connectivity, said participants at a conference on bilateral relations.

The conference was organised by the Embassy of Tajikistan and Centre for Global Strategic Studies (CGSS) on Monday titled, ‘Pakistan-Tajikistan; Exploring New Dimensions of Bilateral Cooperation’.

Also present on the occasion, Ambassador of Tajikistan Sherali Jononov gave a presentation on CASA-1000 power import project. He said the project will alleviate electricity shortages in Pakistan during the peak summer season and replace fuel-based power generation with clean hydropower.

Jononov stated that his country has surplus electricity, which could be exported to Pakistan to meet its energy requirements. “CASA-1000 is a landmark project, which will provide 1,000MW of electricity to Pakistan to mitigate its acute energy deficit.” Tajikistan and Pakistan have also established a joint commission for development of energy cooperation, and are currently making efforts to prepare important documents for signing.

Published in The Express Tribune, 10th April, 2018