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November 25, 2014

JICA and TSG successfully complete the Project for Improvement of Training Capacity on Grid System Operation and Maintenance

PhotoPakistani officials while on training in Japan

Islamabad, 25 November 2014: Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) successfully completed the project for Improvement of Training Capacity on Grid System Operation and Maintenance with more than 3.5 years of cooperation and reported the achievements to Ministry of Water and Power (MoWP).

In the final Joint Coordination Committee at Ministry, Mr. Motoo TAKI, Senior Representative of JICA Pakistan office mentioned that JICA will continue assistance to Technical Services Group (TSG) and NTDC to realize training courses at TSG on advanced and efficient technologies. In this connection, JICA will send feasibility study team in coming January for examining to provide a training purpose simulator to TSG using grant aid scheme.

Mr. Taki further said that JICA would continuously support solution for the serious power crisis in this country. He referred to the soft loan amounting to 5 billion yen for ‘Power Sector Reform Program' co-financing with World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He mentioned that JICA is implementing technical assistance in the area of energy conservation project as well as establishment of least cost generation and transmission plan under the program.

Mr. Zafer Abbas, Joint Secretary, MoWP while commenting on the cooperation of JICA said "It is great to hear that the project is successfully completed and the Japanese high standards of quality have been transferred to TSG/NTDC". The Joint secretary mentioned that this project is one of good examples of Pakistan-Japan friendship and he was grateful to JICA for their assistance in the power sector. He further said that ‘sustainability' is the key for further TSG/NTDC development and trickledown effect of the project outcome to young engineers in this sector. He emphasized that mechanism for continuous improvement of training courses must be pursued.

Under The Project for Improvement of Training Capacity on Grid System Operation and Maintenance, JICA had provided worth 110 mil PKR training equipment to TSG in NTDC and the Japanese experts helped TSG with training policy, syllabus, text books, new training program and training evaluation system. Under the project, JICA also organized Training of Trainers (ToT) programme in Japan whereby 32 TSG trainers and NTDC management staff was sent to Japan in-order to strengthen their capacity for professional service delivery. Moreover, TSG is a public sector organization imparting technical training and support to operation and maintenance staff of grid stations and transmission lines. Under the auspices of the Project, TSG has trained 509 engineers and technicians from NTDC, Distribution Companies (DISCOS) and several Independent Power Producers (IPPs) in the year 2013/2014, which is 143% higher than year 2010/2011.

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