For nearly three decades, the availability of secure energy supplies in Afghanistan was significantly disrupted by conflict. Pakistan’s energy sector is in crisis, with endemic load shedding and governance, efficiency, and competitiveness problems. Regionally, there are significant opportunities and challenges facing cross-border energy trading throughout Central and South Asia.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has played a key role in addressing energy issues in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region, helping to bring electricity to the Afghan people and supporting reforms and investments in Pakistan’s power and energy infrastructure sector. ADB is committed to having a long-term presence and impact in the region beyond the post-transition period in Afghanistan and the energy sector is the largest component of its overall portfolio. ADB is also engaged in several regional energy projects, with benefits for Afghanistan and Pakistan beyond solely the area of energy. Please join us for presentations and discussion of ADB's activities in the region, including the TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India) pipeline.
Director, Energy Division, Central and Western Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
Principal Energy Specialist, Energy Division, Central and Western Asia Department, Asian Development Bank
Andrew C. Kuchins
Director and Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS
Resident Representative, North American Representative Office, Asian Development Bank