The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved $4.5 million cluster regional technical assistance provided in the form of a grant to support the expansion of regional electricity trade within the Central Asian Energy System (CAEC), to examine the potential accession of Turkmenistan to CAEC and further expand the system in Afghanistan, according to information on the bank's website.

“With the expansion of regional energy trade, countries will be able to meet local electricity demand and supply surplus to their neighbors,” said Ashok Bhargava, Director of the Energy Division of the ADB Regional Office for Central and West Asia, quoted. In his opinion, this will improve regional energy security and reduce carbon emissions while meeting regional electricity needs.