Published Date: May 23, 2014
Call to tap non-conventional sources of energy in South Asia
Speakers at a dialogue here on Thursday stressed the need to exploit
non-conventional sources of energy as well as increase in regional
connectivity to boost trade and investment in South Asia.
daylong dialogue on ‘Trans Boundary Cooperation in Energy Sector’ was
organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in
cooperation with CUTS International and FES, India, at a local hotel in
Speaking on the occasion, Khurram Dastagir Khan, the
Federal Minister for Commerce, said that the government has now realized
that for trade and investment, the third pillar is connectivity, i.e.
banking, infrastructure, cell phone, and energy. Connectivity is
paramount in regional integration, as regional cooperation provides
opportunities, the minister said. He hoped that the balance between
demand and supply of energy would be achieved in 2-3 years. He said a
number of energy projects like KASA 1000 are in the pipeline, but these
are subject to peace in FATA and Afghanistan.