U.S. Officials Visit Hyderabad focusing on education and energy

Hyderabad: United States Agency for International Development USAID Deputy Mission Director, Skip Waskin, and U.S. Consulate General Karachi Public Affairs Officer, Corina Sanders, met with officials at the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company and then with 100 students studying English on a U.S. government funded program on Monday.

Helping to strengthen Pakistan’s energy sector in ways that increase the supply of electricity to consumers is a top assistance priority for the United States government. That’s why is USAID funded the development of the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company’s planning and engineering centre. Deputy Director Waskin and Public Affairs Officer Sanders visited the computer centre today to see Hyderabad Electric Supply Company engineers using the latest generation of sophisticated computers and software to help ensure a more reliable supply of power to consumers.

Speaking at the computer centre, Mr. Waskin said, “I am delighted to see how this U.S.funded computer centre allows the Hyderabad Electric Supply Company to assess energy losses and develop plans to ensure a more reliable supply of electricity to consumers.” USAID has established similar computer centers in seven other distribution companies throughout the country.

In addition to these activities, the United States is renovating thermal plants at Jamshoro, Guddu, and Muzaffargarh, which have already added 650 megawatts to the national grid since September 2011. The U.S. government is also cofinancing the completion of the Gomal Zam and Satpara dams which will add another 35 megawatts and irrigate more than 200,000 acres. Finally, it is helping to replace thousands of highly inefficient agricultural and municipal water pumps throughout the country to save additional megawatts. These and other major U.S. energy projects will add 900 megawatts to the national grid by the end of this year – enough power to supply electricity to estimated two million households.

The group next visited Pakistani students who are learning English through the U.S. Sponsored English Access Micro-scholarship Program. They toured classrooms and interacted with students. Public Affairs Officer Sanders noted that, “through English Access, students are not only gaining valuable language skills, they are also learning about leadership, community service, and the many opportunities in life that become available through a good education.”

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