Uzbekistan to provide $45 million for Afghanistan power transmission project


KABUL (TCA) — The Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov in a meeting with Afghanistan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in the northern Afghan province of Balkh on July 1 vowed to provide $45 million for a power transmission project in Afghanistan, Afghan broadcaster TOLOnews reported.

The two sides discussed economic relations between the two countries, the Chief Executive’s Office said in a statement.

In a meeting with the Uzbek Prime Minister and his delegation in the city of Mazar-e-Sharif, Abdullah said that time has come to implement the agreements which have been signed between the two countries.

He said trade volume between the two countries is good but added that it has the potential to improve.

“The Afghan government will continue its efforts to balance trade activities between the two countries. We are committed to creating more opportunity for Uzbek investors and we hope that such an opportunity is provided for Afghan investors in Uzbekistan,” he added.

The Uzbek Prime Minister said, “We want to strengthen the relations between the two countries. Our attempt to hold an exhibition and attract the attention of Afghan investors is based on this goal.”

Aripov vowed that his country is ready to closely cooperate with Afghanistan in different sectors, including agriculture, trade, electricity, and railway.

“Uzbekistan will contribute $45 million to the power transmission line from Sarkhan in Uzbekistan to Pul-e-Khumri [in Baghlan] which is almost 200 kilometers in length and will cost $110 million,” he said.

Sergey Kwan