The meeting was opened by the First Vice President of Afghanistan, H.E. Mr Ahmad Zia Massoud, who underlined the importance of establishing links in the power sector between economies with high energy demand in South Asia and the energy-rich countries of Central Asia, based on the shared interest in bringing prosperity to the people of the region.
Delegations from Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan agreed a declaration (the 'Kabul Declaration on Promoting Regional Electricity Cooperation between Central and South Asia') in which they resolved to work towards a joint understanding of the legal and technical framework for regional power trade, based on the principles of the Energy Charter and the provisions of the Energy Charter Treaty.
They also proposed that the Energy Charter's Model Agreements, currently developed for cross-border oil and gas pipelines, should be adapted to provide a basis for cross-border electricity projects. This proposal will be on the agenda of the Energy Charter Conference, the Charter's governing body, at its forthcoming meeting in Istanbul on 7 December 2007.
The Istanbul Conference will also be considering a request from Afghanistan for accession to the 1994 Energy Charter Treaty. Afghanistan became an observer to the Energy Charter in November 2006, and the same meeting of the Charter Conference approved a request from Pakistan to accede to the Treaty. The other participants in the Kabul meeting, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, are all full Contracting Parties to the Treaty.
The Kabul meeting follows on from an initial high-level workshop that took place in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in April 2007 (for more information see news below). The next meeting of the Task Force is scheduled to take place in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in spring 2008. Background information on the power sectors of all the participating countries is available in a report on regional electricity cooperation, prepared in 2007 for the Energy Charter Secretariat and available on this website as an 'Occasional Paper'.
Programme and Presentations
Welcome speeches and opening remarks
Opening Remarks and Recitation from Holy Quran
H.E. Ahmad Zia Masoud, First Vice President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Ms. Merete Dyrud, Chargé d'Affaires, Royal Norwegian Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Introduction to the workshop
Mr. Ralf Dickel, Director of Trade, Transit and Relation with Non-signatories, the Energy Charter Secretariat
Session 1. Country Presentations
Hydro Power and Supply
HE Hadji Mohammad Ismail Khan, The Minister of Energy and Water (MEW), Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Mr. Qazi Naeem-u-Ddin, Advisor on Regional Power Trade (PEPCO), Ministry of Water and Power, Pakistan
Thermal Electric Systems
Mr. Sergei Katyshev, Director of Project Management Department and Advisor to President of KEGOC, Kazakhstan
Mr. Shukhrat V. Khamidov, Head of Investment Department, Republic of Uzbekistan, State Joint Stock Exchange Company "Uzbekenergo"
Mr. Temur Patarov, Head of Central Dispatch Department of Turkmenenergo, Turkmenistan
Session 2: Regional Electricity Cooperation
South Asian Regional Projects
by Mr. D.N. Raina, India
Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM)
by Ms. Julie Fraser, Senior Financial Analyst, the World Bank
Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC)
by Mr. Rune Stroem, Head of Energy Operations, Central and West Asia, the Asian Development Bank
Central Asia South Asia transmission line (CASA 1000)
by H.E. Mr. M. A. Sediq, Deputy Minister of Energy and Water, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline (TAPI)
by Mr. Syed Mohammad Jamal Shajan, First Secretary, Embassy of Afghanistan in the Kingdom of Belgium
Session 3: Model Agreements
Model Intergovernmental and Host Government Agreements
by Ms. Thea Khitarishvili, Senior Expert, Energy Charter Secretariat
Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan and Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipeline projects
by Dr. Giorgi Vashakmadze, Director for Energy Security Studies, WEG (Former Director General of the Georgian International Oil Corporation)
Session 4. Concluding Remarks and Way Forward
Panel discussion chaired by Mr. Ralf Dickel, Director of Trade, Transit and Relation with Non-signatories, Energy Charter Secretariat