Support for CASA1000

The Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA-1000) is a transformational project with impact in two regions. The project offers an opportunity to alleviate poverty in some of the poorest parts of the world, boosting energy security and prosperity in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. CASA-1000 will facilitate the first electricity trade between four countries in Central Asia and South Asia, based on long-term commercial contracts for 1,300 megawatts (MW) of electricity transmission between the 4 neighboring countries. This would be the first step in the development of the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market (CASAREM).

The design of the CASA 1000 project in Afghanistan includes a Community Support Program (CSP) for individuals and communities located within the 4-km wide and 562 km long corridor who will be affected by the transmission line. CASA Community Support Project will provide grants directly to communities to fund economic infrastructure. Preference will be given to power-sector projects. This is expected to create the conditions for smooth construction of the CASA1000 transmission line, while ensuring sustainability of CSP sub-projects and maximizing the development outcomes for the rural poor.