Energy Working Group reaches agreementMarch 30, 2016
Washington, DC: Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs Amos Hochstein welcomed Pakistan’s Minister of Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif and Minister of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on March 30 for the U.S.-Pakistan Energy Working Group under the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue. The officials discussed bilateral energy cooperation, including a strategy to implement the U.S.-Pakistan Clean Energy Partnership and other initiatives.
As an outcome of Prime Minister Sharif’s meeting with President Obama in October 2015, the United States and Pakistan reached agreement on a strategic document to guide clean energy collaboration through 2020. A core objective of the U.S.-Pakistan Clean Energy Partnership is to facilitate private sector investment that will help add at least 3,000 megawatts of clean power to Pakistan’s electricity supply. The United States and Pakistan will cooperate to: increase private sector investment in clean energy (including hydroelectric, natural gas, wind, solar, and other renewables); expand and increase the resiliency of power transmission infrastructure; advance capacity and reforms through technical assistance; and grow advanced technology and innovations in Pakistan’s energy sector.
Senior officials from the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Export-Import Bank, and U.S. Trade and Development Agency joined the Energy Working Group meeting and discussed ongoing and planned energy initiatives with their Pakistani counterparts, says a release of US Department of State.