CASA-1000 inaugurated: Facts and Figures
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan : (APP) CASA-1000 inaugurated: Facts and Figures
The leaders of Pakistan , Tajikistan , Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan Thursday jointly launched the Central Asia South Asia (CASA-1000) electricity project, terming it "win-win and mutually rewarding" for all stakeholder states and for prosperity of their people.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Tajikistan 's President Emomali Rahmon, Afghanistan 's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah and Kyrgyzstan 's Prime Minister Jeenbekov Sooranbai formally performed the launch at the Tursunzade city, some 47 kilometres from capital Dushanbe.
The transmission line originates from Kyrgyzstan with substation at Datka to Tajikistan 's four substations including Sughda, Dushanbe, Regar and Sangtuda and then passing through Afghanistan to Pakistan with a converter station at Nowshera.
The four leaders in their speeches at the event agreed on the early materialization of the project on priority, which they said would prove an important milestone of regional integration between Central Asia and South Asia .
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed satisfaction over entering the implementation phase of the CASA-1000 after many years of its conception and said the project demonstrated landmark cooperation among Pakistan , Tajikistan , Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan .
He said the project would be a win-win for all four countries for achieving a number of economic, social and environmental benefits besides reduction of energy deficit, creation of jobs and improvement in trade.
Nawaz Sharif said connectivity, be it air or rail links, was the key to regional integration, economic and trade development and people-to-people contacts.
He welcomed the initiation of Tajikistan 's Somon Air flights between Dushanbe and Lahore from May 6, which he said would not only facilitate travel between two countries but would also enhance economic relations and tourism.
"I am confident that the day is not far when South Asia will completely integrate with Central Asia through energy and trade corridors, spurring economic and social development and bring prosperity to the region," he said.
Nawaz Sharif mentioned the support by World Bank , Islamic Development Bank , USAID , the UK Department of International Development (DFID) and Australian Agency for International Development in implementation of the project.