US envoy, minister discuss energy cooperation between Pak, US

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ISLAMABAD: US Ambassador in Pakistan David Hale on Wednesday called on Power Division Federal Minister Sardar Awais Ahmed Khan Laghari here.

During the meeting matters relating to the existing cooperation in the field of energy between Pakistan and USA came under discussion, said a press release. The minister expressed gratitude on the US assistance in the improvement of power distribution and transmission system. He specially mentioned the USAID communication system for National Power Control Center which has helped the power sector in many ways especially in scientifically assessing the demand and supply situations.

The minister, highlighting the opportunities that the energy sector offers for investors, said that US entrepreneurs should invest in the sector and get a good return. He said that Pakistan’s renewable energy sector is fast expanding and with the introduction of the competitive regime, the sector will offer a great opportunity for the investors.

The Minister said that Pakistan desires to further cement the existing cooperation in the field of energy with the USA.

He said that since the US companies have greater experience in renewable energy, working closely will also boost the capacity of the energy sector in Pakistan.

The minister underscored the need for frequent exchanges of expert level delegations between the two countries in order to take benefit from each other experiences.

The ambassador informed the minister that an expert level delegation headed by Power Division additional secretary will be participating in Power Generation Conference in Las Vegas during this month.

He agreed with the minister for enhancing the frequency of exchange of expert delegation between the two countries.

The US ambassador assured the minister that the existing cooperation in the energy sector between the two countries will continue.

He said that the USA is also working closely to provide further assistance to Pakistan in renewable energy.

He said that private sector in the USA is closely and keenly watching the fast expanding opportunities in the energy sector of Pakistan.

Power Division Secretary Yousuf Naseem Khokhar was also present during the meeting.

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