TAPI to be initiated in October

Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project is in its final stages as all formalities regarding its initiation are complete. Engineering design of the project has already been finalized and the bidding will take place in next two months and construction work on the project [TAPI] will begin in October 2019 and its first phase will be completed by 2022. This was stated by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi while addressing the media on the visit of Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov. Primarily, he said that the project is among the three countries – Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan – while it will not be restricted and India could also join it at some stage.
TAPI project will take the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Turkmenistan to the next level. The project will not only be beneficial for both the countries, but it will also be helpful for the region in addressing the energy crisis. During the visit of Turkmen FM the two sides also discussed the connectivity of Gwadar port with sea port of Turkmenistan and the transportation and energy corridor.
The Host Government Agreement for TAPI Gas Pipeline Project was signed. In order to enhance trade and commercial linkages, an MoU was also signed on the establishment of Pak-Turkmen Joint Business Council (JBC)