France may finance water, power projects

Published: April 5, 2012

French Ambassador Thiebaud said France was keen to support Pakistan in water development, irrigation and electricity generation projects.

LAHORE: France has expressed interest in assisting Pakistan in water, irrigation and electricity projects, which will help overcome the energy crisis.

The interest was shown by French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud during a visit to the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) House here on Wednesday.

He was accompanied by French Development Agency (AFD) Country Director Nicolas Fomage and Project Manager Nauman Bhutta.

They were briefed on the current status of Munda Dam and Jabban, Harpo and Basho hydropower projects.

After the briefing, Thiebaud said France was keen to support Pakistan in water development, irrigation and electricity generation projects. He said France was speeding up the process to provide funds for Munda Dam, which would be completed as early as possible.

Currently, AFD is providing €25million for rehabilitating and upgrading Jabban hydropower project in Malakand. In addition to this, AFD has expressed keen interest in giving funds for Munda Dam and the case for financial assistance is being forwarded to the agency’s board of directors for formal approval.

Referring to the Munda Dam multipurpose project to be constructed in Fata, Wapda Chairman Shakil Durrani said the project would help control floods, ensure water supply for agriculture and provide 740 megawatts of low-cost electricity. “Munda Dam, being a multipurpose project, will offer excellent rate of return,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 5th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Rahul
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:26AM

    wonder how many more decades this HOLY and PURE land and MADEENA-E-SAANI will need to stand on its feet.

    ZAID HAMID: PAKISTAN WILL BE ON MOON IN 5 YEARS..(now i get the crux, he meant LIGHT YEARS).

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  • bharat
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:25PM

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  • Siraj
    Apr 5, 2012 - 1:50PM

    looks good

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  • Optimist
    Apr 5, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @ Rahul

    How many light years Indians need to celebrate their own ‘so called’ success? Jealousy is the worst disease!
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  • Rahul
    Apr 5, 2012 - 8:57PM

    JEALOUSY??? where in my comment you find the feeling of being jealous? this is the feeling of PITY my friend..pity on what your founding fathers thought for your HOLY land.
    next, even if we took decades..we finally did reach..and you..you are just making an addition to the failed states of the world.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FailedStateIndex#FailedStatesIndex @Optimist:

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  • Amjad
    Apr 5, 2012 - 9:34PM

    @Rahul: Maybe you need to remind yourself how India took aid from western countries that was meant for development and instead made a nuclear bomb to nuclearize South Asia? So when western countries give aid to India it’s ok but you are so quick to point fingers at Pakistan? Why not give back the Canadian gifted Candu reactor that Indians diverted to use and make nuclear weapons?

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