Kabul- The Conference on “TAPI: Impact on Economic Development in Afghanistan and the Region” jointly organized on 6 July 2017 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, Ministry of Mines and Petroleum and the Office of the Senior Advisor to the President in collaboration with the Secretariat for the Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul.
The conference brought together more than 200 participants including Ministers, Deputy Ministers, Ambassadors, Members of Parliament as well as representatives from the provincial councils, civil society and private sector from across the country.
The opening session included welcoming remarks by H.E. Adela Raz, Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Cooperation; a statement by Mr. Ajmal Ahmady, Senior Advisor to the President and TAPI Board Director, a keynote address by H.E. Narges Nehan, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum as well as remarks by Mr. Muhammetmyrat Amanov, CEO of TAPI Pipeline Company Limited.
The seminar continued with two panel discussions. The first panel moderated by Mrs. Ghazaal Habibyar, Deputy Minister of Mines and Petroleum focused on the TAPI project progress, activities and future plans with Mr. Ramazan Jumazada, Chairman of the Mines and Natural Resource Committee of the Wolesi Jerga, Mr. Khan Jan Alikozay, Deputy Chairman of the ACCI and representatives from the TAPI Coordination Office and the ILF.
The second panel moderated by Mr. Hassan Soroosh, Acting DG of Economic Cooperation addressed the project in the context of regional economic cooperation with Ambassadors of India and Pakistan, Mr. Ahmad Javid Sadat, Deputy Minister of Mines and Petroleum and Mr. Muhammetmyrat Amanov, CEO of the TAPI Pipeline Company Limited.
The conference provided an opportunity to review the progress of the TAPI project and to discuss the importance of the project from an economic point of view both at the national and regional levels including its implications for economic development and regional connectivity. A special emphasis was placed on issues such as investment promotion for the project, public awareness programs as well as the importance of improved coordination among the stakeholders and international partners.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Natural Gas Pipeline (TAPI) Project aims to export up to 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas per year through a proposed approximately 1,800-kilometer (km) pipeline from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The project has remained a top priority including under the RECCA over the past decade.