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DABS CEO, Press Conference

Eng. Amanullah Ghalib, Chief Executive Officer of DABS today at a press conference shared a detailed information with media on achievements, electricity projects and DABS future plans. At the outset Mr. Ghalib outlined the details of ten-year extension of Uzbekistan's electricity import contract which recently signed between DABS and Uzbekistan. Reduction of electricity tariff to 5 cents, synchronized the Afghanistan electricity system with Uzbekistan and joining Afghanistan as a regional energy organization which is one of the most important and valuable aspects of this agreement. "In the past four years, 19 Substation bases has been built out of which 7 substations have been developed, Power grid is developing in most of the provinces, 24 provinces have already been connected to the national electricity grid, and in the next two years, the number will reach to 29, 110 electricity projects are practically underway. As well as 1000MW of electricity are expected to enter in Afghanistan from Uzbekistan in the next year. "Mr. Ghalib added that the number of customers in the last four years has increased from 1.1 million to 1.6 million, at the same time the provincial thermal power tariffs for diesel generators reduced by 30% and distribution of electricity to the industrialists has increased. At the press conference, Eng. Amanullah Ghalib also spoke about securing transparency of electricity projects and punishing the offending contractor companies. “In the logistics sector, serious reforms are being implemented for each electricity project after inspection and controlling, of donors, national procurement and the Ministry of Finance. Over the past four years we have fined a number of offending companies about 700 million”. DABS CEO continued to highlight domestic and foreign private investment in electricity generation and network development, saying that since the beginning of the national unity government till now $ 400 million has been invested in the electricity generation sector by the private sector and soon the Siemens Company will decide to invest in the production of electrical equipment in Afghanistan. He said about the cancellation of $ 100 million grant from US that, the money was not earmarked for any specific project but was pledged, with the cut off of this grant, there is not any problem in the construction of projects which is under process. At the end of the press conference, Mr. Ghalib also spoke about the situation of electricity distribution in Kabul and security problems along the route of imported electricity from Uzbekistan and Tajikistan The power shortage in this winter will be less than last years. Said Mr. Ghalib, He emphasized that in order to prevent the destruction of imported electricity towers, Breshna intends to establish an Electricity Council in coordination with the elders. Mr. Ghalib said about the debtors since the beginning of the solar year 1398 so far, 111 debtors have been referred to the Attorney General's office and 232 others referred to the Kabul Security Command. DABS CEO, once again called on all debtors in the center and provinces to take immediate action to pay their debts.