WB willing to provide financial assistance to Tajikistan
to import electricity in winter period
10, 2009, Avaz Yuldashev
Today Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon
met with the World Bank Regional Director for Central Asia Mr
Motu Konishi, WB Resident
Representative in Tajikistan Ms Kiara Bronki
and WB Economic Manager Mr Ranjit
During the open
dialogue the sides have discussed various opportunities of WB’s involvement
into the development of Tajikistan’s energy sector and talked about the future plans of the Government
of Tajikistan for the development of energy sector, Mr
Motu Konishi told the
reporters after the meeting.
the WB is ready to provide assistance to Tajikistan to overcome the energy crisis this winter,” Mr
Konishi said. “According to our forecasts, this
winter will be quite severe for your country and we can provide financial
assistance to Tajikistan to import electricity from abroad but only if there are related
guarantees of the Government confirming that the imported electricity will
reach the population of the country.”
Turning to the
issue of technical and ecological examination of the Rogun
HPP Mr Konishi said that
the terms of the examination will be reduced to the maximum extent.
“We are going to
speed up our work in this direction and are waiting for the proposal of the
government of Tajikistan for these works within the next two-three weeks,” Mr Konishi stressed.
Turning to the
implementation of the project on power interchange from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan (CASA – 100), WB official said that the survey of the project will
complete in the next 5-6 months.