MoFA asked to arrange foreigners’ visits on holidays
KABUL (Pajhwok): President Ashraf Ghani on Thursday instructed the officials concerned to organise trips of foreign officials to Afghanistan on off-days in order to prevent roadblocks, an official said.
Deputy presidential spokesman Zafar Hashimi told a press conference that recent visit by China’s vice president to Kabul caused traffic jams for hours which created problems for local residents.
In compliance with the presidential directives, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) would arrange visits by foreign officials on public holidays in order to prevent road blockades in the capital city, he said.
Regarding the CASA-1000 project, he said the project’s contract had been opened to bidding 20 days ago in the Almaty city of Kazakhstan and the project would be completed over the next four years.
Under the CASA-1000, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan will sell a total 1300 megawatts of electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Afghanistan will purchase 300MW and Pakistan 1000 MW.
As transit fee, Pakistan would pay for the 670 kilometre transmission line passing via Afghanistan and also would pay $40 million in annual tax, which would contribute to Afghanistan’s revenue, he said, adding the project would be executive at a cost of $390 million funded by the World Bank.
The minister of water and energy would also sign another agreement in Almaty city of Kazakhstan with his Kazak counterpart under which 500MW more electricity would be imported to the country through the Aqnina dry port and would be transferred to Kabul, Ghazni, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Khost and Paktia provinces.
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