Pak-US Energy Dialogue to Help Improvement in the Energy Sector: Naveed Qamar

Islamabad: Syed Naveed Qamar, Federal Minister for Water and Power, while appreciating the role of US in addressing the energy shortage in Pakistan, expressed his optimism that the two days 4th Pak-US energy dialogue which kick started today, would go a long way to enhance the US cooperation and bring much needed efficiency and capacity improvement in the energy sector.

He thanked the US Government for taking keen interest by sending a high level delegation to Pakistan to participate in a meaningful energy dialogue which is indeed a manifestation of strong resolve of US government to support Pakistan in its trying moments of energy crises.

He was addressing the inaugural session of 4th Pak-US Energy Dialogue; co- chaired by Ambassador H.E Carlos Pascual, the US Special Envoy for International Energy Affairs, who is currently on a visit to Pakistan at the head of a high-level delegation of US professional Energy experts.

Mr. Qamar said that the Government is committed to resolve the energy crises and taking various short, medium and long term initiatives in this regard. The steps for development of hydro power resources and utilization of coal reserve will be tremendously beneficial for the economic progress of Pakistan in future. Plans are also underway to explore new reserve of natural gas and import of LNG, he further stated.

H.E Mr. Carlos Pascaul in his opening statement said that the USA, being cognizant of the energy crisis, which is taking a heavy toll on socio-economic progress of Pakistan, would help all out possible support to alleviate the malaise the country is passing through and to address the energy crisis to bring prosperity for common man.

Later the next two sessions of the Pak-US dilated upon mainly on overview of energy sector reforms initiatives and the upcoming energy projects including hydro power, thermal and coal based plants, the initiatives of capacity enhancement and to bring efficiency and conservation of energy.

All the stakeholders gave their productive and meaningful input on the power sector issues.

It was agreed unanimously that both sides will evolve a comprehensive plan and work together to address the socio-economic issues of the power sector of Pakistan. The Pak-US Energy Dialogue will also continue on Thursday.

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