What You Need to Know about Afghanistan’s Energy Independence

bayatenergylogoRecently, Bayat Energy began a partnership with the government of Afghanistan to develop a three-phase independent power production program. This $250 million investment plan will bring growth, stability, and opportunity to the Sheberghan community, and electricity to the nation as a whole.

In what would be the first gas-fired power plant built since the Soviet era, the Sheberghan power plant brings the latest in technology to Afghanistan, and will provide over 52 MW of power to the nation. By taking advantage of the gas supply present in the area, the plant will reduce the nation’s dependence on outside sources for electricity. In addition, the area will have a safe, reliable source for energy.

The second and third phases of the energy initiative involve further decreasing the nation’s energy dependence on outside sources by scaling the power capacity to over 200 MW in two separate phases. Furthermore, the plant will continue to adopt the newest and most efficient technologies to improve the production of energy, as well as the facility itself.

The power plant will bring jobs for both skilled and unskilled laborers, not only in the Sheberghan community where the plant will be built, but also in communities nationwide which will benefit from increased electricity access.

Dr. Ehsan Bayat has collaborated with humanitarian organizations in the nation of Afghanistan to improve the quality of life for all citizens, regardless of political, religious, or ethnic affiliation. His mission of restoring the dignity of the Afghan nation is moving forward, one project at a time.

Restoring Hope: How a Power Plant Can Boost the Future

Three decades of conflict have devastated the economy of Afghanistan. Marketplaces and infrastructure have crumbled, while employment opportunities have all but disappeared. The entire nation is struggling to rebuild.

In the aftermath of war, there is much to do. People need assistance finding safe, habitable places to live, not to mention jobs and a marketplace that offers food, clothing, and more. While outside nations have rushed to help, perhaps the largest (and most efficient) means of help must come from within. Few, however, have both the ability and the initiative to act. Fortunately, Dr. Ehsan Bayat is both able and motivated to aid the war-torn nation. For Dr. Bayat, this is more than just a terrible situation; it is an opportunity to act. Harnessing the resources of the Bayat Foundation, he strives to assist the most at-risk citizens of Afghanistan and bring hope to the nation.

The Bayat Foundation

The focus of the Bayat Foundation is to bring hope and healing to the neediest members of Afghanistan society. By providing for their basic necessities, the foundation can offer hope where there was none, and inspire a rising generation to build a brighter future for the nation. A consortium of donors has teamed up to find ways to meet the most elemental of needs within the country. They work primarily with women and children, those who face an uncertain future and would otherwise have little opportunity to improve their lives.

bayatfoundationlogoThousands of women benefit from the maternity care programs offered by the Bayat Foundation, which has constructed prenatal and postnatal care centers in eight provinces throughout the country. Women receive free pre-and post-natal care, as well as instruction in baby care. Thus, the mortality rate of women and children in Afghanistan has decreased, and the health of mothers and infants has dramatically improved.

Citizens have likewise benefited from the foundation’s well-water initiatives, which make clean water readily available for use in areas where there is no potable or running water. With the building of wells, clean water can be accessed for cooking, drinking, bathing, and other uses, improving health and preventing the spread of disease.

Family sponsorship programs support entire family groups, providing much-needed funds and supplies to cover necessities. As a result, children do not have to beg in the streets, so they have the opportunity to attend school. Additionally, families receive blankets, food, and clothing during the winter months, assistance that is particularly important in the most remote provinces.

Bayat Power Announces Three-Phase US$250M Investment Program To Accelerate Afghanistan’s Gas-Fired Power Industry

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Bayat Power, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bayat Energy(www.bayat-energy.com), an Afghan-owned, independent energy exploration, development and production company executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan today to enter into a partnership with Bayat Power for its three-phase, US$250M Independent Power Producer (IPP) investment program.

bayat-power-announces-three-phase-investment-programThe program’s first phase – Bayat Power 1 – is a 100% equity financed power plant to be located in Sheberghan, capital of Jawzjan Province which will have a 52MW capacity.  Subsequent phases will scale to more than 200MW of capacity, utilizing advanced aeroderivative technology.  The fully completed gas-fired power plant will be able to generate in excess of 200 MW of power and is expected to have an operational life of at least twenty-years.

“This project — the first privately financed gas-fired power plant in Afghanistan’s history — will harness the rich and plentiful gas resources available in the Sheberghan/Yatimtaq Region to help kick-start Afghanistan’s journey towards energy independence, help restore our domestic gas-to-power industry and develop our nation’s economy,”  Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman of Bayat Power stated.  “We look forward to working with the Afghan government, our technical partners, and most importantly, our fellow citizens, in our mission to create jobs and opportunities which benefit the entire nation.”

The MoU — approved during a meeting of Afghanistan’s Economic Council chaired by His Excellency, President Ashraf Ghani, onSunday, October 2nd — was signed by Dr. Bayat and Eng. Ali Ahmad Osmani, Minister of Energy and Water, in the presence of His Excellency President Ghani and Economic Council members on Monday, October 3rd.

About Bayat Energy:

Bayat Energy is Afghanistan’s leading Afghan Owned Oil and Gas exploration, Development and Production Company. Founded by Dr. Ehsan Bayat, the Chairman of The Bayat Group (www.bayat-group.com), Bayat Energy is a division of The Bayat Group of companies, which include Afghan Wireless (www.afghan-wireless.com) Ariana Television and Radio (www.arianatelevsion.com), and additional Construction, Consumer and Logistics Enterprises. Learn more about how Bayat Energy is building an Afghan energy industry which will provide affordable, accessible to the Afghan people by visiting our website: www.bayat-energy.com

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Why Afghanistan Needs New Economic Support for Development

After years of war, Afghanistan’s economic development has been slow. As the country struggled with conflict, the economy floundered. This forced some citizens to flee the nation for safer, more financially stable living conditions, leaving behind many who were struggling.

The last few years have offered significant growth in the economic progress of Afghanistan. Business is slowly starting to return, and people are looking to find stable work in the formerly war-torn nation. Understanding the current climate of enterprise within the country will assist those interested in finding ways to help Afghan communities.

Current Struggles

afghanistan menThe current climate in Afghanistan is positive, but tentative. Business is growing in Afghanistan as native Afghans return to their homes after decades of war, but the situation remains less than ideal.

There is evidence showing a positive change in the livelihoods of people within the country, but the long-term stability of that success is uncertain. Programs are being implemented, both by NGOs and governmental organizations, but the marketplace is evolving so quickly that it is often hard for these assistance programs to keep up.

Employers must offer assurances of safety to their employees, resulting in workplaces surrounded by concertina-wire that employ armed security guards. The cost of doing business has been driven up by NGO’s, a result of landlords wanting first-world prices for third-world properties.

There is also no established supply chain, and infrastructure is unreliable. Roads are unpaved, electricity and telephone services are still being developed, and many areas within Afghanistan are still off-grid.

Enterprise Development and the Role of Government

In spite of these struggles, business is starting to expand. To facilitate the growth of economic development and new businesses, the government must offer support to both individuals and corporations. Streamlining the process of starting a business in the country will encourage Afghans to start businesses for themselves. Offering support to small- and medium-sized businesses within the nation will help increase their viability, while encouraging economic growth.

Individuals within the nation are faced with trying to secure loans and grants with limited documentation, or with little evidence of their ability to repay. Banking institutions working with Afghan businesses must change their processes to accommodate the unique needs of the people.

In addition, further development of funding sources from outside the nation must be made available to business owners. Education on the types of funding available, as well as support for how to manage their businesses, should be offered to new entrepreneurs as part of the government’s role in building the economy.

A Look toward the Future

Microbusiness opportunities within the country are essential to providing the Afghan people with the means to support themselves. Offering families the ability to own and operate their own businesses not only provides stability for family units, it supports the stability of the nation as a whole. As a business grows, it offers employment opportunities to others, giving them financial stability and the means to contribute to the economic growth of the nation.

International charitable organizations at work within the country must find means to meet the needs of the people while offering sustainability for the future. Aid funding must find balance between the global and regional market dynamics by providing jobs that have security within a shifting marketplace. An influx of funding may temporarily boost the economy, but to realize long-term change, there must be a change in attitude and practice in regards to business principles.

Afghanistan is wrestling with the introduction of modern business practices into a culture steeped in centuries-old traditions. The last 30 years have brought entrepreneurial opportunities with the upsurge of technology, resources and economic growth.

With more citizens able to access educational resources and training, the next generation is equipped to take their country even farther on the road to stability.  These new opportunities have strengthened the nation, and the emerging country is full of optimism for the future.

How PRB Helps to Revive Afghan Communities

PRBlogoIn July 1990, a little over a year after the end of the Soviet-Afghan War, engineer Mohammad Kabir and a group of Afghan technical professionals formed Partners in Revitalization and Building (PRB). An independent, non-governmental development organization, PRB is dedicated to assisting the people of Afghanistan in reestablishing a peaceful and secure, socially integrated, and economically stable society. PRB strives to empower all Afghans and to achieve sustainable improvements in the welfare and livelihoods of residents in both rural and urban communities. Utilizing a participatory model, PRB emphasizes cooperation among people from diverse backgrounds and active involvement of beneficiaries in the design and implementation of all of its development projects.

The PRB team comprises nearly 180 personnel, including several technical staff members with a high degree of academic training and experience in their respective fields. Over the years, PRB has carried out more than 210 projects across 14 provinces in the central, northern, northeastern, and southern regions of Afghanistan. The activities cover a broad range of areas, such as engineering and construction, vocational training, animal health and livestock production, agriculture, and emergency aid.

With the aim of supporting lasting change and building self-sufficient communities, PRB follows a long-term strategy based on the development of village based organizations (VBOs). The VBOs in each locality coordinate a comprehensive development program that accounts for all of the community’s needs, ranging from education and health services to water supply and irrigation infrastructure. Thus far, PRB has set up 13 VBOs in the Chardhi, Charasib, and Paghman districts of Kabul Province.

Building and Restoring Public Infrastructure

Since its inception, PRB has facilitated a wide variety of construction projects in rural and urban settings, and its engineering team executes donor-funded projects authorized by the Ministry of Economy. PRB has helped to restore roads and build bridges that open important transportation routes from villages to district centers and from districts to provincial capitals in Khost, Badakhshan, Kunduz, Paktia, and a number of other provinces. In order to secure facilities for vital public services, its engineers have also participated in the construction or rehabilitation of hospitals and health centers, schools, emergency shelters, and government offices.

The availability of safe drinking water remains limited throughout much of Afghanistan, leading to a high prevalence of waterborne disease among the population. In response, PRB has undertaken the construction of wells and water supply systems, as well as the repair of conduits to draw water from natural springs. As part of a broader effort to boost agricultural output throughout Afghanistan, PRB has assisted farmers by restoring and upgrading flood protection walls and various irrigation infrastructure, such as aqueducts, flumes, and diversion channels.

Boosting Agriculture and Preserving Forests

pine treesThe core of PRB’s actions to enhance agricultural yields lies in field testing and the distribution of higher-quality varieties of grain and vegetable seeds. Along with developing improved seeds on its own farms, PRB acquires seeds produced by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Throughout the years, PRB has supplied hundreds of Afghan farmers with vegetable, wheat, rice, and maize seeds that are better suited for cultivation in their environs than the varieties that they previously planted. PRB further reinforces farmers’ capabilities to successfully grow their crops by organizing training in areas such as seed handling and water conservation.

For orchard owners and arborists, PRB maintains demonstration nurseries where they can learn good practices in fruit growing, tree planting and handling, and nursery management. PRB also leverages its nurseries to provide farmers with a wide variety of fruit tree saplings at a more affordable price than those available on the commercial market. From its forestry nursery, PRB distributes tree saplings at no cost to government agencies and private organizations in order to promote their participation in crucial environmental preservation efforts.

Supporting Farm Animal Health and Production

Complementing its agricultural activities, PRB supports the health and productivity of farm animals through veterinary and livestock management programs. Since 2001, PRB has operated veterinary field units (VFUs) in the provinces of Kunduz, Baghlan, and Takhar. The veterinary doctors and other trained animal health professionals at each VFU perform services such as disease treatment, vaccination, and parasitic worm elimination.

sheepRecognizing that livestock production constitutes a principal source of income for rural Afghans, PRB runs multiple extension programs to teach best practices to Afghanistan’s small and large livestock owners who largely lack training in contemporary techniques of animal husbandry. Along with instruction in areas such as feed preparation and proper methods for milking sheep and goats, animal producers receive training in the commercial marketing and distribution of their products.

For over 15 years, PRB has run a program to support apiculture, commonly known as beekeeping. The program delivers training and hive boxes for beekeepers, along with starter bee colonies paid for on credit. A few years after initiating the beekeeping project, PRB began a similar sericulture program to promote silk production in the Charasib and Chardi districts of Kabul Province. Decades of conflict in Afghanistan had resulted in the collapse of the country’s traditional silk production industry due to the destruction of mulberry trees, the leaves of which comprise the primary food source for silkworms. PRB’s sericulture program maintains a mulberry nursery in Kabul to nourish silkworms and to train individuals to rear the moth larvae and extract the raw silk filaments from their cocoons.

Recovering Traditional Handicrafts

Like silkworm production, various small-scale handicrafts common to particular areas of Afghanistan have experienced a decline from the effects of prolonged armed conflict. PRB has sought to improve livelihoods in the communities where it works by reviving the practice of several of these handicrafts as viable sources of economic activity and income.

For example, the displacement of people from the Turkhaman and Uzbek communities in the northern and western provinces of Afghanistan led to the relocation of traditional carpet weavers to neighboring countries and the loss of this profitable craft. PRB has supported the rejuvenation of carpet weaving through programs in Kabul and Faryab that trained carpet weavers and provided them with looms, raw materials, and other necessary supplies to begin commercial practice of the trade.

Similar vocational training initiatives launched by PRB teach individuals embroidery, leather work, patu weaving, and jewelry making, with each program based in regions of the country where the targeted handicraft has an established history and connection to the community.