Majlisi Namoyandagon board considers CASA 1000 power line agreement


January 12, 2010, Mavjouda Hasanova



The board (Shuro) of Tajikistan’s lower chamber (Majlisi Namoyandagon) of parliament considered a CASA 1000 power line agreement between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and Pakistan at a January 11 meeting, presided over by the Majlisi Namoyandagon speaker, Saydullo Khairulloyev, Muhammadato Sultonov, a spokesman for the Majlisi Namoyandagon said.


The meeting participants pointed out the significance of the agreement for rehabilitation of power system in the region.  They, in particular noted that the agreement gave Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan an opportunity to increase electricity generation in their countries.


The board  also considered a number of other issues that will be considered at the next session of the Majlisi Namoyandagon, Sultonov said.


We will recall that Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia and, Afghanistan and Pakistan in South Asia have been pursuing the development of a Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM).  These four countries have intensified their cooperation since 2005 among themselves and with the international financial institutions (IFIs) comprising the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the World Bank (WB).


CASAREM is a concept for developing electricity trade among the countries of the two regions through a set of projects and concomitant investments, underpinned by the relevant institutional arrangements and legal agreements.  The development of the first phase of CASAREM, which is to establish the necessary transmission and trading infrastructure and systems to enable a trade of 1000 MW of electricity between Central Asia and South Asia, is referred to as “CASA-1000”.