USAID US Sponsors Study Tour for Commercial Energy Sector Officials

General Islamabad

Islamabad: The U.S. Government organized a study tour for professionals from Pakistan’s government owned power distribution companies DISCOs to United Arab Emirates UAE and Australia.

Exposure to efficient energy operations was 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 committed to 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 Timothy Moore, Acting Energy Office Director at the United States Agency for International Development USAID Pakistan

During their exchange visits to the UAE and Australia, DISCO managers had opportunity to observe operations at several of the finest energy facilities. The program includes presentations, site visits and roundtable discussions to address specific topics related to customer service, commercial management and professional development at distribution companies.

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.