TAPI: PM attends groundbreaking ceremony in Turkmenistan


PM Abbasi addresses TAPI inaugural ceremony.

Turkmenistan has completed construction of gas pipeline in its section under TAPI project, following which a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled to be performed at the Turkmen border city of Serhetabat tomorrow to take the pipeline to Afghanistan. The successful accomplishment of the project would help accelerate pace of socio-economic activities in the participating countries besides creating direct and indirect employment opportunities. He added that South Asia was being connected with Central Asia through Afghanistan after more than a century of division.

Herat Governor Mohammad Asif Rahimi told VOA the Afghan and Turkmen presidents will additionally inaugurate work on the construction of a railway link between the two countries, as well as fiber optic connection along the TAPI route.

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Thursday said that Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline was an important project for Pakistan due to growing energy needs.

Feroz Masjidi, deputy minister of policy and planning for Commerce and Industries, believes that the gas provided by TAPI project to Afghanistan would be used for improvement of industries and factories in the conflict-strife country.

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The major anti-government fighting force in Afghanistan the Taliban outfit has also welcomed inauguration of TAPI project and assured to support it. Apart from contributing towards resolution of the problem of critical energy shortage in the region, it would also be a source of income for Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. This is because flow of more gas to Pakistan and India would mean sustainability of energy for their economic development while it would contribute a lot in generating economic activity in the war-torn Afghanistan.

A Pakistani cultural troupe performed at the occasion along with their counterparts from partner TAPI countries.

The overall funding picture for the mammoth gas pipeline remains unclear, with energy giants such as France's Total failing to follow up on reported interest in the project.

He said Pakistan has been able to overcome its challenges and is on the path of economic progress. He said TAPI would provide Pakistan the much needed gas security. "It recreates historical linkages for the region".