The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif, extends welcome to the high level delegation from the Turkmenistan. The high-level delegation is headed by the Minister of State and the Chairman of Turkmen Gas Maksat Babayev.
The Minister was accompanied by the Deputy Minister of Energy Anajildi Sparov, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of BOD, TPCL Muhammad Mirat Amanov, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to Pakistan, Atajan Molamov.
While meeting the delegation of Turkmenistan to Pakistan, PM Sharif said that the brotherly relations between both the nations are based on the common history, culture and religion, adding that, “The leadership of the two nations wishes to further promote the economic and trade ties. Pakistan can also be a gateway for immediate access to the rich energy reserves of Turkmenistan.”
During the meeting, PM Sharif also put focus on the Tapi Gas Pipeline project, stating that, “The project is the manifestation of the strategic ties between the Pakistan & Turkmenistan in the energy sector. TAPI is a significant component of our governments’ vision for ensuring Pakistan’s energy security, which will bring economic growth & prosperity not only to Pakistan but to the entire region.”
He also added about his commitment to speedy execution of the project as well as hoped that the project would be completed as soon as possible by using all the available resources from all concerned parties. To speed up work on various parts of the TAPI project, PM Sharif has added Special Assistant Dr. Jahanzeb Khan as the focal person on behalf of Pakistan who is also the head of the Senior Coordination Committee.
After which, PM Sharif also taken part in the inking ceremony of the Tapi Gas Pipeline Joint Implementation Project (JIP) agreement, which was signed by the Minister of State for Petroleum Dr. Mossadegh Malik and Minister of State and Chairman of Turkmen Gas Maksat Babayev.
The JIP aims to speed up the work on the Tapi gas pipeline project. The TAPI Pipeline project aims to transport natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India through a 1,814 km long pipeline with an annual capacity of 33 billion cubic meters of natural gas. Once operational, the Tapi project will transform the regional energy landscape and contribute significantly to economic prosperity.