A joint statement from a recent energy security dialogue between Pakistan and the United States revealed new initiatives for advancing energy cooperation between the two countries.
These programmes include a $500,000 project to restore electricity infrastructure in Sindh’s flood-affected areas, funding for the second cohort of the US-Pakistan Women’s Council’s Future of Women in Energy Scholars Program, and a grant to Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) to expand research and development on electric vehicles.
Officials and experts discussed energy issues and potential areas of cooperation during the dialogue, which was presided over by Federal Minister for Energy Khurram Dastgir and US Department of State Assistant Secretary for Energy Resources Geoffrey Pyatt.
Topics covered included Pakistan’s transition to renewable energy, electric vehicles, and increasing women’s participation in the energy sector.
Both governments reaffirmed their dedication to advancing the switch to renewable energy sources and fostering the development of a more secure, stable, and prosperous energy future.
In order to jointly address needs related to the environment, the economy, and climate change, they decided to strengthen their bilateral relationship through the US-Pakistan Green Alliance framework.
The United States and Pakistan agreed to cooperate in the upcoming year to help Pakistan reach its goal of 60% renewable energy by 2030 as part of the conversation. The United States will host the following US-Pakistan energy security dialogue in 2024.
They reaffirmed their commitment to fostering economic growth, energy security, and cooperation in long-term flood rehabilitation efforts during a separate meeting between Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif and Geoffrey Pyatt.
The prime minister welcomed additional funding for Pakistan’s energy infrastructure, especially as the country moves towards using clean energy.
During her visit to Pakistan, US State Department Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science, Monica Medina praised the nation’s response to the fallout from last year’s devastation floods.
When the Pak-US Climate and Environment Working Group met, she informed the prime minister that she would be leading a delegation. The two leaders also discussed ways to work together on issues like climate change, health, security, and trade and investment.