Central Asia and the Caucasus
Central Asia South Asia Electricity Trade and Transmission Project (CASA 1000)

Although Kyrgyz Republic and the Republic of Tajikistan have been severely struggling to provide the required power and electricity for heating, lighting schools and hospitals, and uninterrupted supply to business associations, both are now engaged in exporting electricity to South Asian countries. The major rationale for this grand strategy is exporting electricity to deficit regions will result in profit that will be utilized for growth and development.

Under the CAREC program of the ADB, the development of the CASAREM has been created as a grand and profitable program for regional economic integration and poverty reduction strategy in the region. After three rounds of deliberation, a Memorandum was signed by the governments of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan (members of CASAREM) in November 2007 to formulate an energy trading project called as “CASA 1000”. In addition, a Secretariat for Interstate Council on Central-Asian and South-Asian regional electricity market development was established to overlook the project. The CASA 1000 project aims to transmit energy from Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan through longest electricity transmission line.

The CASA 1000 project, it seems as of now, will be co-financed by the World Bank, ADB, Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and other private investors. The work on CASA-1000 power transmission project would start in 2010 according to Pakistan’s Minister for Water and Power Raja Pervez Ashraf informed while talking to media after concluding session of Pak-Tajik Joint Economic Commission (JEC) meeting.  So far the ADB supported a technical assistance for the cost-benefit analysis and feasibility of the proposed project.  Although the project cost will be $ 500 million approximately, the Civil Society organizations in Kyrgyz Republic and Republic of Tajikistan have raised serious concerns over this mammoth project.

NGO contact: NGO on protection of consumer’s rights “YUSTIN”

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