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Progress in the construction of security walls and guard rooms around Naghlu dam in Kabul

The construction of security walls and guard rooms around Naghlu dam project in Surobi district of Kabul started on 16th of April 2018. Naghlu dam has the capacity of producing approximately 100 megawatts of electricity. Currently 92 percent of the project works are completed. With the completion of this project, the construction of around 2.3 km of walls surrounding Naghlu dam and three security guard rooms will be completed, which will immensely impact in decreasing security threats of this dam. This project is funded by World Bank at a cost of around 34 million AFN and will be completed in the near future.

DABS CEO Meets Second Secretary of Holland Embassy

Eng. Amanullah Ghalib, Chief Executive Officer of DABS, met today in his office with Mr. Stijn Kerstel, Second Secretary of Holland Embassy in Afghanistan. 
The meeting was aimed at helping of Holland country on implementation of infrastructure projects on the energy sector in Afghanistan.
Mr. Stijn Kerstel appreciated from DABS activities in the field of energy sector and said Holland country is ready to work in the energy sector.
Then Mr. Ghalib warmly welcomed of Mr. Stijn Kerstel and said that energy connectivity is one of the priorities of the Afghan government and plays an important role in building the country's infrastructure and provided all-round information on investments and financial cooperation on the Breshna’s projects within the framework of the policy.
At the end, it was decided that in the next meeting, by studying the proposal, there would be talk of the practical work of the projects.
Under the law and the electricity policy, DABS is committed to welcomes and encourages investment in the energy sector.

Energy Information Sharing Task Force (EISTF)

Energy Information Sharing Task Force (EISTF) is proposed to be one of the sub-working groups of DABS Forum of Coordination for Energy Stakeholders (DABS-FORCES) and will specifically work on establishing coordination and cooperation in power projects information sharing throughout Afghanistan among all related stakeholders.


Background

Sharing conflicted and duplicated informations and lack of access to power projects information has been always a tremendous problem for energy stakeholders, donors and private investors work in energy sector in Afghanistan. Also there is no coordination among energy stakeholders and donors to share their own planned and under construction power projects information. In order to overcome this problem of Sharing conflicted and duplicated informations specifically related to under construction and planned projects in 34 provinces, DABS has the vision to establish Energy Information Sharing Task Force (EISTF) among key stakeholders in energy sector.

At present, DABS is sharing the Afghanistan current and future power systems information and maps through AEIC website (www.aeic.af) for public information, donors and private investors. The mission of the Afghan Energy Information Center (AEIC) is to be the central repository and distributor of the most accurate, reliable, and unbiased energy data, information, and analysis in Afghanistan. The AEIC department was created by USAID in 2005 as part of Afghan Energy Assistance Program (AEAP) implemented by Advanced Engineering Associates International (AEAI). After the AEAP ended in 2007, USAID continued to support the project under the Afghanistan Infrastructure Rehabilitation Program (AIRP) implemented by the Louis Berger-Black & Veatch Joint Venture. Since September 2009, USAID directed that AEAI relocate and transition the AEIC to the Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and Da Afghanistan Breshna Shirkat (DABS).

The AEIC supports energy planning and policy development through a variety of activities:
•    Collect and maintain a library of technical drawings and information about power plants, substations, transmission lines and distribution networks.
•    Forecast future energy needs and keep historical energy data, including studying regionally-focused energy security.
•    Be a reference source for the information about power plants and imports.
•    Promote energy efficiency, track energy technologies and support renewable energy. Provide market support to existing, new and emerging renewable technologies. Support public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.
•    Transfer international best practices to local experts and institutions.
In addition, for better access, collect and manage information and communicate, Afghanistan energy information center website has been developed.
AEIC web also provides extensive information regarding to the current and planned projects and energy sector information through an online map of Afghanistan, so that it can ease accessing status of energy in different provinces of Afghanistan as well as power cords. It also provides information regarding to policies, master plans, rules and regulations, licensing procedures and many more through an online library. Other main modules of the online platform include tenders for announcement of energy sector projects, private sector for providing information regarding to investment in Afghanistan and helpdesk; so public and potential investors can ask for help through online form, hotline and frequently asked questions.


Introduction

There are multiple institutions in Afghanistan which are actively working for development of the energy sector. The government bodies with the primary mandate of developing energy sector are Ministry of Energy and Water (MEW) and Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD). Beside these two entities, Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) is the most important organization that is responsible for power imports, generation, transmission and distribution of power in the country. DABS is also responsible for new capacity development and is involved in implementation of major power projects.
For better management of power system development, all organizations and stakeholders work in energy sector in Afghanistan need to know accurate and reliable information about power projects status in different provinces of Afghanistan which to be done by stakeholders. In addition, Sharing conflicted informations about one power project by several organizations/ stakeholders confuse public, donors and private investors. In order to overcome this problem, DABS has the vision to establish Energy Information Sharing Task Force (EISTF) among key stakeholders in energy sector. This is the main reason that DABS realized the missing body for coordination and information sharing.
Therefore, EISTF will create the coordination and cooperation in power projects information sharing throughout Afghanistan among all related stakeholders, so that all stakeholder, donors and public will have access to accurate information about power projects status through AEIC web.
EISTF will be one of the sub-groups of FORCES and will provide and share the most accurate and reliable information about current and future power system of Afghanistan through AEIC website.


Vision

Establishment of optimum coordination among key stakeholders in power projects information sharing (transmission lines, substations, distributions and power plants) projects.
Objective

To avoid conflicted and duplicated information shared about power projects and sharing information through a single web source (AEIC website), the most accurate and reliable power project informations should be provided and shared for stakeholder, donors, non-governmental organization and public.


Key members

The members of this task force are as follow and there is the option to invite other authorities upon availability of relevant agenda item.
•    Public sector
o    Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat
    Afghan Energy Information Center
o    Ministry of Energy and Water
    Energy Programming Directorate
o    Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development
    Renewable Energy Directorate
Sub Members:
o    Ministry of Mine and Petroleum (Invited upon relevant agenda item)
o    Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (invited upon relevant agenda item)
•    Donors
o    USAID, ADB, KFW, GIZ, WB, ANSA, IsDB. (invited upon relevant agenda item)


Key Functions

•    Establishing coordination and cooperation in power projects information sharing throughout Afghanistan among all related stakeholders.
•    Ensuring that the all information will be shared about the power projects is not conflicted and duplicated.
•    Ensuring that the all information will be shared about the power projects is accurate and reliable.
•    Following the decisions and action items from meetings with relevant departments and organizations.
•    Collect and maintain a library of technical drawings and information about power projects.
•    All members need to introduce a focal point for DABS who will serve as the main contact point between DABS and respective organization.
•    All members have responsibility to prepare their own power projects information and before sharing the information with public and donors it should share once with related stakeholders for review.
•    Sharing the most accurate and reliable power projects information with key stakeholders to ensure that the projects are not conflicting with other projects and they are aligned with the strategic goals of the stakeholders
•    Sharing the Afghanistan current and future power systems information with public, donors and non-governmental organizations through AEIC website.
•    Creating user for each members at AEIC web and database for data sharing and entry.
•    All members have responsibility to enter their own data/information at Afghan energy information center database.
•    All members will have access to AEIC web and database, in order to update the status of their own projects information.
•    All members have responsibility of their own data for accuracy, completeness and on-time update and all stakeholders need to make sure to upload their data at AEIC web and database regularly for better reporting and management.
•    Management of AEIC web and database done by AEIC department, and DABS is the full authorized (technically “Super Admin”) of AEIC web and database.


Secretariat and timeline of meetings

The secretariat of the meeting will be led by AEIC manager of DABS and the meetings will be held once in a month (the schedule is subject to change based on need). Also, the secretariat has the responsibility to set the location of the meeting for each session. The meetings will be held either in DABS office or one of the stakeholders’ offices.
Reporting

DABS-EISC will report to the FORCES and the meeting minutes will be shared by all members.

18th Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation

The 18th Ministerial Conference on Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation Program was held in Tashkent. 

On behalf of Afghanistan Dr. Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi Acting Minister of Finance, Eng. Amanullah Ghalib Chief Executive Officer of DABS, Mohammad Yama Shams Director General and CEO Afghan Railway Department Director Ministry of Public Works were participated.

Discussion took place on the new CAREC Transport and Energy strategies and CAREC 2030 implementation and a high-level public–private dialogue on promoting sustainable tourism development in the CAREC region through public–private partnerships.

Ministers and senior officials from 11 CAREC member countries and high-level representatives from development partners attended the conference, which endorsed the CAREC Transport Strategy 2030 and CAREC Energy Strategy 2030.Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, People's Republic of China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are the CAREC countries.

 

DABS CEO Meet with Energy Programs Coordinating Team

Eng. Amanullah Ghalib Chief Executive Officer met in his office with the Energy Programs Coordinating Team. The meeting was attended by the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Energy and Water, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, National Environmental Protection Agency, Asian Development Bank, Representative of GIZ Organization, Chief and head of DABS projects. The meeting focused on challenges, progress, challenges of Kandahar solar power project, national solar energy program for residential homes, renewable energy information bank in Afghanistan, tariff problems of solar panels imported from foreign countries, private sector activities on energy projects and online active databases in the energy sector of the country and in coordination, the decision was made by the participants. It is to be noted that, coordinator of energy programs department has three working groups which are: Renewable Energy, operational and energy information sharing. The purpose of lunching monthly workgroup meetings is to coordinate the activities of government departments and external donors involved in the energy sector, review existing problems and getting the right solutions in energy projects.

 

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