Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Pakistan Atajan Movlamov in a meeting at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) emphasized that energy-rich Turkmenistan can meet growing electricity and gas needs of Pakistan.
Giving a presentation on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, the diplomat pointed out that Turkmenistan was producing electricity at a very low cost, which would help Pakistan to meet the energy needs of its growing population, the Pakistan-based newspaper The Express Tribune reported on Thursday.
During the meeting, the ICCI President Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari stressed the need for giving a boost to the economic ties as both sides have the potential to engage in trade of many products.
“Pakistan and Turkmenistan should facilitate frequent exchange of trade delegations,” Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari said, adding that the countries should organize exhibitions on a reciprocal basis to promote trade.
Talking about forging regional connectivity, Bakhtawari suggested that a transport and goods company could be set up to resolve the logistic issues encountered by the two countries.
The TAPI pipeline is expected to carry 33 billion cubic meters (bcm) of natural gas each year along a route stretching 1,800 km from Galkynysh, the world's second-biggest gas field in Turkmenistan, to the Indian city of Fazilka near the Pakistan border.