The United States is redoubling its efforts to advance the New Silk Road initiative which economically links Afghanistan with Central and South Asia.
"The region," said U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Fatema Sumar, “has enormous barriers preventing the movement of peoples, goods, energy, and ideas."
The United States sees an opportunity for people across this region to have a better future.It is in the economic interest of these states to have stable neighbors, where economic conditions are enhanced by economic diversification. And this is exactly what the United States is supporting through the New Silk Road initiative, which focuses on four areas: creating a regional energy market, facilitating trade and transit, streamlining customs and borders, and connecting people and businesses.
The United States believes the new North-South trade routes across Central and South Asia can ultimately complement important East-West routes that tie Europe and East Asia.
With regard to energy markets in Central Asia, there is tremendous opportunity to further develop capacity and seek new markets for export. Several Central Asian countries have already found a market for their electricity in Afghanistan. Recently, the World Bank's CASA-1000 project, which aims to bring surplus summer power from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to Afghanistan and Pakistan, reached another important milestone with the signing of the transit price agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Action on the development of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India, or TAPI, natural gas pipeline can provide additional markets for Turkmen natural gas in South Asia, where the demand for natural gas is critical. In addition, Afghanistan stands to benefit from transit revenue and jobs as it continues to strengthen its economy.Unlike other regional energy projects, TAPI can only be financed by the private sector and not the donor community. Therefore, it is critically important to identify an international oil company that is willing to lead the TAPI consortium and help bring the project to fruition.
The U.S. believes the Silk Road initiative is the best way to bring about a stable, secure and prosperous future for South and Central Asia.
1.streamline vt. 把…做成流线型；使现代化；组织；使合理化；使简单化 n. 流线；流线型 adj. 流线型的
They're making efforts to streamline their normally cumbersome bureaucracy.
2.complement n. 补语；余角；补足物 vt. 补足，补助
There will be a written examination to complement the practical test.
3.transit n. 运输；经过 vt. 运送 vi. 经过
During their talks, the two presidents discussed the transit of goods between the two countries.
4.consortium n. 财团；联合；合伙
The consortium includes some of the biggest building contractors in North America.
1.Therefore, it is critically important to identify an international oil company that is willing to lead the TAPI consortium and help bring the project to fruition.
bring to fruition 使实现，取得成果
After months of hard work, our plans finally came to fruition .
Einstein brought this vision to fruition by way of a successful mathematical theory.
通过土库曼斯坦-阿富汗-巴基斯坦-印度(TAPI)的开发，天然气管道能为土库曼的天然气在南亚找到其他市场，南亚对天然气的需求很大。另外，阿富汗将从过境税收和就业中获益，同时还能加强其经济实力 。与其他地区能源项目不同的是，TAPI只能得到商界的财政支持，不能得到捐赠机构的支持 。因此，寻找愿意给TAPI联盟借款并帮助该项目果熟蒂落的国际石油公司非常关键 。