The talks on financing and electricity price as part of creation of the Central Asia South Asia Regional Electricity Market, with CASA-1000 Project as its first phase, start in Washington D.C.The CASA-1000 Project includes Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Representatives of the participating countries, World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and other potential investors will consider financing, which is one of the key issues on the agenda, reported CA-News. Tajikistan expects to sign agreements for $135 million for implementation of this project on its territory during the Washington talks. The Islamic Development Bank and Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development expressed willingness to finance the Tajik part of the project, Tajikistan's Minister of Energy and Water Resources Usmonali Usmonov said. The Islamic Development Bank is expected to allocate $70 million, the Kwait Fund - $65 million for the project. The Government of Tajikistan will contribute $15 million. According to preliminary estimates, the cost of the Tajik part of the project will make $220 million. The documents on sale and purchase of electricity have been prepared for the meeting of the intergovernmental council, the Minister added. The CASA-1000 Project will support construction of high voltage power transmission line to connect grids of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan with Afghanistan and Pakistan for export of excessive electricity from the Central Asian countries in summer time to Pakistan and Afghanistan, facing a severe electricity shortage. Export of electricity is supposed to start in 2016-2017, around 5.5 bln kWh of electricity will be exported, according to preliminary estimations. The length of the CASA-1000 Project lines will make some 750 km. The project cost is estimated at $1 billion. Implementation of the project is planned to start in 2014.