Sunday, August 9, 2015

Development News

TAPI Pipeline. A consortium leader has been chosen for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. Turkmenga has been picked to help build and establish this very important development project. TAPI is designed to carry 33 billion cubic meters of Turkmen gas annually over a 30-year period to buyers in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. The pipeline, once completed, will transport natural gas through a very volatile part of the world to include the dangerous south of Afghanistan and the Quetta region of Pakistan. The estimated time of completion is sometime in 2018 - although that may be somewhat optimistic given the lack of progress in establishing security and stability in Afghanistan. Read more in a news article by, August 6, 2015.

Hydro Plant for Afghanistan. Afghanistan will soon sign a preliminary deal with a firm from China to build a 240 megawatt hydropower plant. Read more in a news report by Economic Times, August 6, 2015.

Challenge of Economic Sustainability in Afghanistan. Elly Rostoum reports on the problems of Afghan reconstruction in Rebuilding Afghanistan: The Way Forward, Foreign Policy Association, August 6, 2015.

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