In order to address the power-related concerns of the business community, Ahsan Zafar Bakhtawari, President of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), has requested that the trade organization be represented on the Board of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO).
During his visit to the ICCI office, he told Tauseef H. Farooqi, Chairman of the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA), “There should be a single window system to resolve the issues faced by the business community.”
According to Bakhtawari, the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) region has abundant water and mineral resources as well as the ability to produce 40,000 megawatts of power.
“By investing in the water resources, we can generate electricity to get the country out of economic problems,” he continued. He believed that the International Tourism Summit (ITS) in Skardu will contribute to the globalisation of this region’s resources.
The NEPRA welcomed the invitation from the ICCI President to attend the summit.
Tauseef H. Farooqi, chairman of NEPRA, emphasised the importance of more effectively lowering line losses and avoiding energy theft in order to build up reserves for providing relief to the underprivileged sections of society. He said that the nation’s total installed capacity to produce electricity had surpassed 43,000 megawatts, a record. Additionally present were Senior Vice President Faad Waheed, Usman Khalid, Zafar Bakhtawari, Malik Shabbir, Khalid Chaudhry, and the former president of the ICCI, Zafar Bakhtawari.