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USAID sponsors study tour for Energy Sector officials to United States of America

Islamabad, September 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): The USAID has organized a study tour for fourteen senior managers from Pakistan’s government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) and National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to United States of America.

Exposure to efficient energy operations is intended to teach Pakistani energy professionals how to strengthen commercial operations and customer service, as well as professional development at DISCOs which are responsible for managing the distribution of energy throughout the country.

“The United States Government is assisting the Government of Pakistan in improving the power distribution system. We work with public sector power sector distribution companies to improve their operations, reduce losses and ultimately to make sure that Pakistani citizens have a more reliable supply of power.” said Craig VanDevelde, Chief of Party of USAID Power Distribution Program at the pre-departure orientation ceremony.

USAID, under its Power Distribution Program, has conducted six exchange programs to Turkey, South Africa, Australia, UAE and the United States. Approximately 12 DISCO managers were selected for each program and all nine DISCOS throughout the country were able to participate.

The USAID Power Distribution Program is a five year, USAID-funded program aimed at working jointly with government-owned DISCOs in Pakistan to improve their performance in terms of a reduction in losses and improvement in both revenues and customer services, to bring them to the level of well-run utilities in other progressive countries.

Through this program, the United States Government provides assistance to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector to end the current energy shortfall. More information about the Program can be solicited from its website at http://pdip.pk.

For more information, Contact:
Zia Ur Rehman
Communications Manager
USAID Power Distribution Program
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 2270911-916 Ext (106)
Fax: +92 51 8312997
Mobile: +92-334 513 0 950
Email: zrehman@pdip.pk
Web: www.pdip.pk

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