U.S.-Pakistan Energy Working Group Press Availability

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 10, 2013

The fifth U.S.-Pakistan Energy Working Group, part of the Strategic Dialogue framework re-energized during Secretary Kerry’s August visit to Pakistan, will meet in Washington on November 12. It will be co-hosted by Ambassador Carlos Pascual, U.S. Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, and Pakistani Ministers of Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Abbasi and of Water and Power Khawaja Asif. This working group fosters cooperation on Pakistan’s energy sector, including power generation, renewable energy, gas, and reform priorities.

The United States and Pakistan have worked closely and on a sustained basis to better develop and diversify Pakistan’s energy sector, a key priority of the Pakistani government and people. The United States has supported increased energy generation, improved distribution, management, revenue collection, and policy reform. Since October 2009, the United States has helped add 1,000 megawatts of capacity to Pakistan’s grid – enough to supply electricity for more than 16 million people.

The Energy Working Group will be conducted Tuesday, November 12, at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C.

There will be camera spray at the start of the meeting

Pre-set time for cameras: 9:30 am at the loading dock entrance of USIP.
Final access time for writers and still photographers: 9:45am at the 23rd Street NW entrance of USIP.

Press must request credentials and space is limited.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information and credentials, please contact Meg Young, Press Officer, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at YoungMA@state.gov or 202-647-3532.

PRN: 2013/1378