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Tajikistan Exporting Electricity During Winter Blackouts

While Tajiks were suffering through daily electricity blackouts this winter, their government was exporting electricity to Afghanistan, official statistics show. 

Electricity exports are a hot topic in Central Asia lately. Only last week the World Bank announced it had earmarked $526.5 million in credit and grants for an ambitious project to help Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan export electricity to South Asia starting in 2018: CASA-1000. But that project is designed, World Bank officials insist, to export “surplus” electricity in the summer months only.

In a region where it’s hard to take officials at their word, could CASA-1000 be abused? 

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Tajikistan Exporting Electricity During Winter Blackouts

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