US envoy stresses more mutual cooperation in renewable energy

ISLAMABAD: US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Tuesday stressed the need for increasing mutual cooperation in renewable energy with much focus on wind energy.

The US envoy, who called on Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Petroleum Nadeem Babar, endorsed future energy cooperation between and the United States and Pakistan.

Accompanied by US Ambassador to Pakistan Paul Jones, Alice Wells also got insight into the energy sector of Pakistan, a Petroleum Division press release said.

Giving an overview of Pakistan’s energy sector, SAPM Nadeem Babar highlighted the recent reforms undertaken by the government that led to a quantum improvement in ease of doing business in the country and the creation of new investment opportunities in the energy sector.

The advisor called for greater US cooperation in tapping Pakistan’s shale reserves, specialized training, investments in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) infrastructure development, renewable energy, and other avenues.

US envoy Alice Wells expressed satisfaction in her recent meetings in the country and the momentum in bilateral relations.

“Ms Wells was positive on future energy cooperation between Pakistan and the United States and foresaw an increase in exchanges in the area of energy,” the press release said.

Both sides agreed to maintain such contacts and cooperate on the ‘mutually beneficial’ basis, it concluded.

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