President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said Thursday that the Government of National Unity will concentrate on economic development during the autumn and winter.
In his speech following the Eid prayers President Ghani said he is hopeful that the government’s plans will yield positive results in coming months, insisting on Afghan government’s leading role to expand regional cooperation.
He said the government is hopeful to bring a considerable change in the economy of the country through the implementation of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline.
President Ghani said there has been a major breakthrough to implement the project which will bring major changes in the lives of the Afghan people.
The authorities in Turkmenistan said earlier this month that the building works of the long delayed $10 billion Trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline will likely start in December.
A government official in Turkmenistan said the work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is expected to start early in December.
Supported by the United States and the Asian Development Bank, the gas pipeline will help Turkmenistan to find new consumers in Asia via Afghanistan.
Having a length of 1,735 kilometer (1,084 mile) the construction work of the pipeline is expected to complete in three years.
It is also expected that the pipeline will last for 30 years with a proposed annual capacity of 33 bcm of gas.
The pipeline will run more than 700 km across Afghanistan on its way to Pakistan and India which would be filled with gas from Turkmenistan’s mammoth Galkynysh field, the world’s second-largest reservoir of natural gas.