2020-09-23 › Four Energy Projects signed to increase national grid capacity
President Ashraf Ghani participated
at a ceremony this afternoon at the Presidential Palace, where four
public-private partnership energy projects were signed between Da Afghanistan
Breshna Sherkat and the private sector.
Attaullah Naseeb, the head of
Afghanistan Investment Facilitation Unit in his opening remarks said, “The four
new power purchase agreements are some of the biggest by Da Afghanistan Breshna
Sherkat, which represents a total of 160 million US Dollars of investment and
about 110 megawatts of generation capacity to be added to the national grid
over the next 18 to 27 months.”
Dawood Noorzai, the Chief Executive
of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat delivered a presentation on the projects and
said, “We will transform DABS from a government-owned agency to an enterprise
which focuses on customer service and customer satisfaction.”
Ross Wilson, the US Chargé
d’Affaires in his remarks termed access to electricity is essential for
improving the lives of the Afghan citizens and said the projects are an
important part of the America’s effort to improve lives in this country and to
promote economic growth.
“They reflect America’s long-term
commitment here and our interest in a strong private sector that can further
drive opportunities, prosperity and growth in this country,” added Ross Wilson.
The U.S. Chargé d’Affaires stressed
the United States will continue to strongly support the Islamic Republic and
the Afghan people toward peace and security, economic prosperity, better lives
for Afghans and rights and opportunities for all.
President Ashraf Ghani in his
closing remarks praised the private sector’s partnership during the spread of
coronavirus and expressed satisfaction over investment in the energy sector.
He said, “This is product of a legal
framework where now production, transmission and distribution all are open to
the private sector.”
The president said the collaboration
between the Afghan government and international partners especially USAID made
the vision of a unified national grid possible.
The president talked over energy
potentials of Afghanistan from hydro, solar and wind, and said Afghanistan
wants to become the roundabout of energy and a hub of production and green
“Without reliable affordable energy
we cannot become an exporting country,” added the president while calling
energy ‘the infrastructure of infrastructure’.
PPP projects will be funded jointly by private investors developers and the
USAID and provide a 110 megawatts of electric power for one million Afghan
citizens and their businesses.
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