The first exhibition of Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India (TAPI) has been held in Kabul. TAPI gas pipeline project is considered as one of the most significant economic projects for the people of Afghanistan.
In opening ceremony of the exhibition, head of TAPI project for Afghanistan has informed of completion of the preliminary works of the project, saying that 95 percent works of the project have been completed in Afghanistan and its practical works will be soon started.
TAPI exhibition committee which has the responsibility of holding such exhibitions in connection with the project in TAPI member countries has launched the first ever three-day exhibition with participation of 20 companies in Kabul.
“The exhibition aims to introduce private companies to TAPI project officials and provide work facilities to the companies in TAPI project,” head of the committee Sameer Matin said.
He said that TAPI project was very important for Afghanistan, adding that the committee wanted to make use of the opportunity to maintain good relations between private sector and the TAPI member countries.
MusharafMusharaf, owner of a construction company, said: “Our company with its Afghan professional engineers and workers have good possibilities and capabilities; therefore, they should give us opportunity to take part in this national project.”
On the other hand, deputy of Afghanistan chambers of commerce and industries KhanjanAlokozay said: “All construction and transportation services are waiting for the start of TAPI project and as it is said in the project, all facilitations, services and investment should be followed through domestic companies.”
But, head of TAPI project in Afghanistan Abdul Rahman says nearly 95 percent works have been completed and practical work on the project might begin at the end of this year or beginning of the coming year.
Officials to TAPI exhibition committee say it is determined that similar exhibitions will be held in India, Pakistan and Turkmenistan.
Afghan economic experts believe that with the start of practical work on the TAPI project, part of owners of domestic companies should increase as there are lots of private companies and have the capability to run the project.
“Besides that the project is very important for Afghanistan, national revenue of the country will increase and more job opportunities will be provided to the people in the country,” an Afghan economic expert Shir Ali Tazari said.
He added that by starting practical work on the project Afghanistan would get more economic opportunities in the region. It is worth mentioning that the pipeline will be 1,735 kilometers long and have the capacity of transferring 33 billion cubic meters of gas from Turkmenistan to Pakistan and India through Herat, Farah, Helmand and Nimroz provinces of Afghanistan, which is expected to get $500 million in transit duty annually from the project.