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Ministers Of CASA-1000 Electricity-Sharing Project Meet In Pakistan

Tajikistan's Sangtuda-2 hydroelectric power plant, one of the components in the CASA-1000 energy-sharing project.
A ministerial meeting of countries involved in the CASA-1000 electricity project has opened in Pakistan.

Representatives from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan started their two-day meeting Monday in Islamabad.

They discussed financing and environmental and social assessments related to the project.

CASA-1000 aims to export electricity from hydropower stations in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Afghanistan should receive some 300 megawatts of electricity annually, Pakistan some 1,000 megawatts.

Pakistani Water and Power Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif said the project would play an important role in fostering better ties "between the Central Asian and South Asian countries."

Asif told the Pakistani press that providing Pakistan's people with inexpensive and uninterrupted electricity is a priority for the government.

Based on CASA-1000 statement,