United States helping modernise Ministry of Water and Power

Islamabad, November 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): The United States, through USAID, is helping the Ministry of Water and Power to improve its IT infrastructure to more efficiently manage operations and decrease losses. Ministry officials identified the IT upgrade as a key priority to improve the flow of work, process cases efficiently, and boost the speed of interaction with subsidiary organizations.

“Helping to remove stacks of case files that build up over time may seem like a minor contribution to the energy needs of this country,” said USAID Energy Advisor Timothy Moore at an inauguration ceremony to launch the IT upgrade. “However, staying organized and keeping proper records is an essential part of any successful industry.”

The USAID Power Distribution Program supports the Government of Pakistan’s efforts to reform the power sector. The program works with Pakistan’s power distribution companies to improve performance, reduce losses, and provide better customer service through technological improvements and better work practices.

U.S. investment in IT infrastructure at the Ministry of Water and Power is just one part of a comprehensive U.S. energy assistance program which includes renovating the power plant at the Tarbela Dam, upgrading the Guddu, Jamshoro, and Muzafaragarh power plants, and completing the construction of the new Satpara and Gomal Zam dams. Together, these energy projects will add 900 megawatts to the power grid by 2013 — enough power to supply electricity to an estimated two million households. http://pdip.pk

For more information, Contact:
USAID Power Distribution Program
Zia Ur Rehman
Communications Manager
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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