On the sidelines of the Political High-Level Forum, held in New York under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council, the UNDP headquarters hosted the presentation on energy project TAPI called “Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Gas Pipeline: New Energy Great Silk Road to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”.
The side event organized by the missions of the project member-countries was attended by the delegation of Turkmenistan headed by the deputy minister of foreign affairs of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdymuhamedov, permanent representatives of Turkmenistan, India, Afghanistan, deputy permanent representative of Pakistan, UNDP resident coordinator to Turkmenistan Elena Panova, Director General of “TAPI Pipeline Company Limited” Muhammetmurad Amanov, the representatives of EU, UNDP, delegations of the UN member-states.
The implementation of the TAPI gas pipeline project can bring various privileges to the participating countries, but the first and greatest benefit is the economic benefits, Ambassador Aksoltan Atayeva noted in her speech.
The head of the “TAPI Pipeline Company” Amanov told about the economic, social and environmental importance of the project. In particular, the commissioning of the TAPI gas pipeline will allow to solve the issues of energy supply, create thousands of new jobs, ensure the energy security of the region.
The representatives of Afghanistan, Pakistan and India pointed out the fact that in addition to the contribution of the project to the economic development of these countries and infrastructure upgrade, eventually, the TAPI will contribute to the multilateral security in Central and South Asia.
The head of the Indian mission to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin stressed that natural gas is a cleaner form of energy with a relatively lesser carbon footprint, so the TAPI gas pipeline will assist India’s economy to grow in a relatively lower carbon intensive manner.
Akbaruddin also noted that while many attempts have been made in the past to build gas pipelines in the South Asian region, the TAPI pipeline project is the one that has come the farthest.
In the context of the global 2030 agenda for sustainable development, the TAPI gas pipeline will also significantly stimulate the implementation of SDG 7 in the region through improving the reliable access to affordable energy to people and enterprises.
At the end of the presentation, a video prepared by TAPI Pipeline Company Limited was shown. Also, a photo exhibition on the TAPI project was organized for the participants of the event.
The pipeline project will also go a long way in helping the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 7 in the region by improving reliable access to affordable energy to peoples and businesses, he said.