Islamabad (September 29, 2017): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that availability, affordability, efficiency and sustainability are hallmarks of gas sector reforms process.
While chairing 5th meeting of the Gas Sector Leadership Committee here, the Prime Minister highlighted the energy needs of the country and the strategy being pursued to carry out reforms and meet consumer’s demands for energy.
He said the government was pursuing reforms in gas sector to meet consumer’s energy demands. The Prime Minister said these reforms are inevitable for a sustainable gas supply system. The main objective is to facilitate the end consumer without compromising on rights and privileges of the provinces and other stakeholders.
The Prime Minister observed that around 100 gas discoveries made during this year were not enough to meet the existing demand and therefore necessitated the import of gas besides enhancement of local production.
Discussing the reform process, the Prime Minister highlighted that the new policy, regulations and technical framework would be perfectly compliant with the constitutional provisions.
The Prime Minister assured the meeting that all constitutional issues pertaining to gas sector were being addressed at the level of Council of Common Interest (CCI).
Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah, Chief Minister Balochistan Sanaullah Khan Zehri, Minister of State for Energy Jam Kamal Khan, Minister of Energy Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Atif Khan, Minister of Finance Punjab Dr. Aysha Ghaus Pasha, Chairman OGRA Ms. Uzma Adil Khan and other senior officials were present in the meeting.