KP traders seek early implementation of mega energy project
PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The business community of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has stressed the need for the early implementation of the Central Asian-South Asia (CASA-1000) power project.
CASA is aimed to create conditions for sustainable electricity trade between the Central Asian states and South Asian countries Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Execution of the scheme is vital to meeting the growing demand for energy, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KPCCI) president, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, said on Friday.
At a meeting with Tajikistan’s Ambassador Jononov Sherali, the KPCCI president said the Pak-Afghan transit trade mechanism be simplified. “Other hurdles should also be done away with,” he said.
Zulfiqar added CASA-1000 was a significant power generation project, which could not only promote trade relations with Tajikistan, but would also help cope with the growing energy crisis in the country.
“KP is a golden-gate into Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries,” Zulfiqar remarked, demanding the removal of impediments to the growth of regional trade.
The ambassador invited KP investors to participate in an upcoming festival, to be held from April 7 to 11 in Dushanbe.
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