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CPEC can become game changer if it is done on equal footing; resource-blessed Pakistan still needs good managing

Interview with Mr Amir ul Ebad Khan – CEO, Raas Systems Inc

PROFILE

– Over twenty years of Engineering experience in Energy & Environment Management
– Responsible for Implementing and monitoring strategies to improve Energy Mix and Energy Management within Environment & Cost Constrains
– Successfully completed projects for Alternate Energy, Stand-alone units as well as Tie-Grid projects
– In-depth knowledge of Energy Audit & Management
– Well informed with KYOTO PROTOCOL & CDM Certification
– Detail knowledge & Experience of Echo Industrial Development

QUALIFICATION:
– M.S Leading to Ph.D (Energy & Environment)Continue
– Master of Business Administration (Project Management) USA
– Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial)

CERTIFICATION & TRAINING:
– Energy Audit, USA
– Going Green with Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, USA
– Advance Project Management (Primavera 5.0 & MS Project)
– ASQ Quality Assurance Certificate, Canada
– ISO-9000 QS-9000,AS-9100, QMS Implementing & System Development
– ISO-14000 Internal Audit Training , EMS Implementation & Development
– Statistical Process & Control (SPC)
– Health & Safety Training

PAGE: YOUR VIEWS ON CPEC AND INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS:
AMIR UL EBAD KHAN: CPEC is an investment based program, which is being led by the Chinese government. It means they are looking for their own interest rather than that of Pakistan. Pakistan is B party in CPEC. Basically we are guarding Chinese interest. CPEC may become game changer if it is done on equal footing. Infrastructure will be great but there is a question. Will Pakistani industry able to compete with the Chinese industrial bombardment? Are we ready or otherwise there will be limited options for local manufacturers and laborers.

 

PAGE: YOUR TAKE ON THE FACILITATION TO INVESTORS BY THE GOVERNMENT FOR ENERGY PROJECTS:
AMIR UL EBAD KHAN: Pakistan’s energy mix is heavily tilted towards thermal and the country is making 35.2 % of the total electricity from oil. According to a report published by the International Energy Agency, 38% of the Pakistani population remains without access to electricity (IEA, 2011). Fifty four percent of the rural population currently has no access to electricity forcing them to live a sub-standard life of poverty and social inequity. Coal & renewable energy sources like wind and solar have potential that can be tapped immediately to overcome the current energy crises. Pakistan coal reserves in Thar can be a milestone if handled properly with great care otherwise it will open another debate of environmental pollution.
Right now most of the nations are switching from coal to renewable resources and develop their skills in this field. We are technology wise far behind them. It is time to gear up our academia and research centers to overcome this shortage of skill manpower. Pakistan solar radiant level is between 5.8 to 6 which is max and the wind corridor has potential of more than 200,000 megawatt and solar has the same potential. Our energy mix mainly depends on oil, natural gas and hydel. This is the time to revise our energy mix and make it more dynamic and realistic. Pakistan is a heaven for renewable energy projects. With local expertise and manpower investment in all type of energy generation and management projects are highly feasible in Pakistan provided that government provides One Window Operation to the investors.

PAGE: ARE THE PAKISTANI COMPANIES/ENTREPRENEURS GETTING CONTRACTS FOR THE CPEC PROJECTS?
AMIR UL EBAD KHAN: Yes, Pakistani companies are getting projects in CPEC but majority of them are related to civil infrastructure project again under the supervision of the Chinese engineers, which are time-based projects rather long-term commitments. Gwadar port is a good option and can be a game changer if we utilize it smartly. If somebody else manages this port, we will get rental and nothing else. Pakistan is full with the blessings of Allah and the only thing missing is good resource managers. We need to optimize our natural resources.

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