“Machines shut down and the lights go dark when the power goes out at Bashir Printing, a textile factory in Faisalabad, Pakistan. Restarting after one outage is hard enough. But electricity shortages interrupt operations about four times a day, wreaking havoc on production.
“The textile industry of Punjab is doomed,” the exasperated chief executive of Bashir Printing, Shabbir Ahmed, told The Economist in October 2011.
Power outages like this are cutting into Pakistan’s economy, eliminating 3 to 4 percent of the country’s gross domestic product. Blackouts also complicate everyday life: Food rots in refrigerators. Electric water pumps shut down. Entire cities are left in the dark.
But there is reason to hope in towns like Faisalabad and others in South Asia — a region hit hard by energy shortages...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Channeling Change,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 3, No. 4, 2012: 36-37.
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