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Afghan Officials Negotiate Successful Energy Contract
Ministers of Energy from Afghanistan and Turkmenistan sit together on a couch to sign a 10-year energy agreement.
Ministers of Energy Khan, of Afghanistan, and Orazgulyev, of Turkmenistan, sign a 10-year agreement.
Ensuring stable energy sources for Afghanistan is critical to the country’s continuing development. Until the country is able to produce all of the electricity it needs, it must rely on power from neighboring countries.

In late February, members of USAID’s Afghanistan Infrastructure and Rehabilitation Program accompanied officials from the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)—the Afghanistan Electric Corporation—to Turkmenistan to assist in negotiations to import electricity. The delegation met with the Ministry of Energy and Industry in Ashgabat. The effort resulted in an agreement for Turkmenistan to provide continued electrical service to Afghanistan for ten years.

The occasion marks the first time that Afghanistan has successfully realized a multi-year, ‘fixed-price’ contract for energy. This means that although the price of electricity is renegotiated every year, Turkmenistan will not terminate service while the contract is in force. In addition, the delegation was successful in updating an agreement between the two countries that governs the way they modernize their electrical infrastructure.

“This agreement to provide electrical energy for ten years indicates a promising future for harmony between the two countries,” said John Nache, one of the members of the team that helped to secure the pact.

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