ISLAMABAD: Ambassador of Tajikistan Sherali S. Jononov has expressed the hope that energy project CASA 1,000 will be completed by 2018 andPakistan will be able to get highly cheap and clean energy from Tajikistan after completion of this project.
Talking to local media, he said most of the pollution related problems of Pakistanwill also come to an end after Tajik energy starts pouring into the country. He hoped that the work on this mega project will start within next four to five months.
About the upcoming water conference being hosted by Tajikistan on June 9-11, the ambassador said it will be an important event as a large number of foreign delegates, including delegates from Pakistan, are scheduled to attend the conference. The ambassador further said our government has extended an invitation to Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and hoped he would be able to make it to the conference. He told many Pakistanis have already conveyed their willingness to participate in the conference.
He said the primary goal of the conference is a comprehensive discussion of the issues of implementation of the international Decade for Action Water For Life 2005-2015, which will later play a crucial role in conducting comprehensive review of the implementation of the international decade with bringing its results to the notice of wider international community.
The ambassador further said the conference also provides an opportunity to discuss the challenges and gaps in the implementation of the international decade and on these basis recommendations for further action after 2015 including contribution to the development of the sustainable development goals related to water resources will be elaborated. Ambassador Sherali further said the representatives of the UN, including the secretary general would participate in the conference. It is expected that the conference participants will elaborate recommendations and proposals aimed at strengthening of measures taken at the national, regional and international levels to achieve the internationally agreed water-related goals.
He said the conference will create awareness about water sector trends and mobilising efforts of the governments, UN institutions, international and non-governmental organisations as well as other parties at all levels involved in the water problems solution.
Giving a brief account of Tajikistan’s water resources, the ambassador saidTajikistan is a mountainous country located in the south-east of Central Asia. Its territory is a 142.6 thousand km2. By its relief, Tajikistan is a typical mountainous country with the absolute altitudes from 300 to 7,495 m. The climate of Tajikistan is continental with considerable daily and seasonal fluctuations in air temperature, low rainfall, dry air and low clouds.