Visit by Mr. Naoki Sakai Senior Climate Change Specialist of Energy Division South Asia Department from the Asian Development Bank at the embassy.

March 14 2017: On March 14th Mr. Naoki Sakai Senior Climate Change Specialist of Energy Division South Asia Department from the Asian Development Bank visited Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Tokyo. The meeting was set up by First Secretary of Political Affairs Mr. Basir Ahmad Hamdard during his attendance at the Deployment of Innovative Energy Technologies and Solutions Workshop and Field Visit in Tokyo.

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Mr. Sakai had a brief meeting with his Excellency Dr. Sayed M. Amin Fatimie and Mr. Hamdard. Where the Ambassador urged close corporations with Afghanistan and Japanese private sector on development projects through direct and indirect investments (with Afghanistan, private sector and other countries).

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After the meeting with the Ambassador and the diplomats, Mr. Naoki met with Mr. Hamdard to discuss in detail about energy projects in Afghanistan. Mr. Hamdard shared energy plans the embassy had received directly from Mr. Amanullah Ghalib Deputy Minister of Energy in Afghanistan. The plans outlines different hydro, wind, solar and thermal generation projects in different province all across the country. The plans shows projects that have been completed and has yet to be developed.

Mr. Sakai also explained about Japanese companies operating in India, which are producing transmission lines and substations. This technology could potentially be transferred to Afghanistan from India. Mr. Hamdard further encouraged Mr. Sakai to push for bilateral projects for energy and development of the private sector in Japan. Mr. Sakai will be back at the embassy on 11 April for further discussion on these projects.

Naoki Sakai - ADB