Reform of Energy and Distribution System: PM Khan

September 07, 2021

On Monday, PM Khan stated that the government’s goal was to reform energy production, transmission, and distribution into a more efficient system. PM Khan directed the Power Division to use technological solutions at the logistics company level to save paying consumers from the interruption of power management in low recovery grids while presiding over the 48th meeting of the Council of Common Interests (CCI).

The Power Division provided a detailed presentation on the development of the ‘Indicative Generation Capacity Expansion Plan (IGCEP) 2021.’ The IGCEP is an annual created by the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) that provides reflective electricity demand and supply for the next ten years based on total requirements and at the lowest possible cost.

According to the CCI, the Power Division held several consultative sessions with all provinces as well as Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The PM stated that the main goal of IGCEP was to develop a strategy for meeting energy needs by providing people with affordable energy. At its meeting on August 31, the CCI officially adopted IGCEP preconceptions as proposed by the federal cabinet and decided to include Hydel electricity in the renewable energy targets.

Furthermore, the CCI directed the Power Division to complete the “wheeling” policy so that it can be implemented immediately. Italy’s Foreign Minister, Luigi Di Maio, met with Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday. Both leaders spoke about the recent developments in Afghanistan as well as bilateral relations between the two countries.

PM Khan stated that Pakistan had suffered greatly as a result of Afghanistan’s protracted tensions and conflicts, and that a peaceful, secure, and stable Afghanistan was therefore in the best interests of Pakistan as well as regional states. He stressed the importance of stabilizing Afghanistan’s security situation, consolidating peace, and preventing a massive migration of refugees at this crucial stage. In this context, the most pressing priorities were averting a humanitarian crisis and stabilizing the economy.

PM Khan emphasized that the world community must stand in solidarity with the Afghan people, engage positively, and create support to ensure Afghanistan’s long-term peace, stability, and economic growth. In the bilateral context, the prime minister stated that Italy is an important partner for Pakistan and emphasized the importance of increased cooperation with international countries in a variety of areas, including trade and commerce, defence, and people-to-people contacts.

Mr. Khan stated that the large Pakistani Diaspora in Italy served as a strong link between the two countries. Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio thanked Pakistan for assisting with the evacuation operations and emphasized Italy’s commitment to expanding bilateral ties in a variety of fields. Mr. Maio invited the Prime Minister to visit Italy, while Prime Minister Khan invited Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi to visit Pakistan.

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