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TAPI Project Good Opportunity To Improve Regional Security, Lawmakers

A gas transmission pipeline project started from Turkmenistan and passes through Afghanistan and Pakistan and then reaches India is expected to pave the ground for economic and stability opportunities for the regional countries.
The project has practically been started while Afghanistan is bulking with great economic and security challenges, but the government calls the project a step towards improvement of the country and other related member states’ economic situation.
The economic experts believe that the TAPI project’s execution is a step towards Afghanistan’s economic self-sufficiency.
A Kabul University lecturer and an economic expert, Saifuddin Saihoun told that TAPI project’s inauguration has been Afghanistan’s economic dream, but he stressed that such economic projects would help stabilize the region.
“Afghanistan can play role of a trade and transit bridge among the Central Asia and Southern Asian countries, but still the project is facing with security threats that must be further paid attention,” he added.
The government should make effort so Afghanistan finds its economic position in the region, he said.
He added we want prove to other countries that this country is the shortest and fairest trade and transit route in the region.
Pointing at security challenges faced by the TAPI project, a political expert, Jawid Kohistani said, “However, implementation of such a gas project would cause to create huge amounts of incomes to the regional countries, but presence of extremist groups and war on terror can be big obstacles before reach this goal.”
A Herat people representative in the lower house of the parliament, Ghulam Farouq Majroh said, “TAPI project is very important to Afghanistan.
The project connects Central Asia with Southern Asia. I hope the project to be successfully accomplished.”
The project will pass through Herat, Farah and Kandahar—three turbulent provinces where the terrorist groups are functional in some parts, he said, adding if the countries honestly cooperate with Afghanistan, the project with undoubtedly succeeds, otherwise, it is really hard to implement it.
He stressed if the economic and trade relations among the countries are expanded, they would likely maintain good relations with each other for economic interests.
A private university student, Shahida said, “TAPI project should not face any problem in the future and the related countries should consider all sides.
Thus, special attention must be paid in its implementation.”
The Turkmenistan–Afghanistan–Pakistan–India Pipeline (TAPI), also known as Trans-Afghanistan Pipeline, is a natural gas pipeline being developed by the Asian Development Bank.
The pipeline will transport Caspian Sea natural gas from Turkmenistan through Afghanistan into Pakistan and then to India. Construction on the project started in Turkmenistan on December 13th, 2015.
The pipeline is expected to be operational by 2019.
The abbreviation TAPI comes from the first letters of those countries. Proponents of the project see it as a modern continuation of the Silk Road.

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