Asian ministerial conference on energy opens in Pakistan on Wednesday

Published November 8th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Pakistan President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar will open a ministerial conference of the 10-nation Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) here on Wednesday, officials said Tuesday. 


The meeting will discuss cooperation among the member states in the petroleum and power sectors, especially the construction of oil and gas pipelines for trade both within and outside the region, they said. 


ECO groups Iran, Turkey, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhzstan, Kyrghzstan, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan. 


They were expected to sign a plan of action for cooperation in energy and petroleum sector, they said. 


Pakistan wants to import gas from Turkmenistan and oil from Kazakhstan. Talks are underway on a proposed multibillion dollar, 1,600-kilometer (1,000-mile) gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan through Afghanistan. 


Pakistan has plans to build a deep seaport in southwestern Baluchistan province which would provide an outlet for the oil and gas resources of the region.—AFP. 

©--Agence France Presse. 



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