Trending Theme: Four-Nation Energy Project Launched in Islamabad

On February 6, 2020, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani inaugurated the construction of a $1.2 billion transmission line that would link Central Asia and South Asia under a four-nation electricity generation project, known as CASA-1000. The project that is set to bring 300 megawatts of electricity to Afghanistan and 1,000 megawatts to Pakistan each year from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, which generate a surplus of electricity during summer months. When completed, CASA-1000 would allow Afghanistan to benefit as an energy consumer and through transit revenue. The project is being financed by multilateral development banks, the United States, and other countries. President Ghani expects the CASA-1000 project to promote energy cooperation and prosperity in all the countries involved. Additionally, the project could help cool tensions between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which have suffered due to a deficit in trust.

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