US, Pak­istan en­joy ex­cel­lent bi­lat­eral re­la­tions: En­voy

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

United States and Pak­istan are en­joy­ing ex­cel­lent bi­lat­eral re­la­tions and are work­ing to­gether to meet forth­com­ing chal­lenges ow­ing to cli­mate change es­pe­cially in the area of wa­ter, en­ergy and food se­cu­rity.

Am­bas­sador of United States (US), David Hale said this while ad­dress­ing open­ing cer­e­mony of a con­fer­ence on "Wa­ter-En­ergy-Food Se­cu­rity Nexus" held here on Tues­day at Na­tional Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy (NUST). Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment Ah­san Iqbal and Rec­tor NUST En­gi­neer Muham­mad As­ghar also spoke on the oc­ca­sion and high­lighted forth­com­ing chal­lenges in the ar­eas of Wa­ter, En­ergy and Food Se­cu­rity.

The con­fer­ence was de­signed to bring to­gether ex­perts to dis­cuss the im­pact of cli­mate change, pop­u­la­tion growth, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­creased con­sump­tion of wa­ter, en­ergy, and food se­cu­rity through­out the world, and to de­velop pos­si­ble so­lu­tions to some of th­ese is­sues. Am­bas­sador David Hale said, "Wa­ter, en­ergy, and food: three ba­sic com­po­nents of life-com­plex pro­cesses are at work to bring us those es­sen­tial el­e­ments, and de­mo­graph­ics and cli­mate change are strain­ing those pro­cesses". "To­gether we need to gen­er­ate new ideas, new part­ner­ships, and in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions to this chal­lenge", the Am­bas­sador added. The two-day con­fer­ence brought to­gether pol­icy ex­perts, sci- en­tists, and mem­bers of pri­vate sec­tor busi­nesses to dis­cuss the links be­tween wa­ter, en­ergy and agri­cul­ture.

Par­tic­i­pants of the con­fer­ence also con­sid­ered so­lu­tions on how to de­velop clear govern­ment poli­cies and ef­fec­tive use of re­sources to en­sure food, wa­ter and en­ergy se­cu­rity. The con­fer­ence high­lighted con­tin­ued co­op­er­a­tion be­tween both the na­tions in key ar­eas of wa­ter, en­ergy and food se­cu­rity dis­cussed dur­ing the meet­ing of Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif in Oc­to­ber 2015, David Hale said. The United States and Pak­istan had a long his­tory of en­ergy co­op­er­a­tion and con­tin­ued to work to­gether to help at­tract pri­vate sec­tor in­vest­ments in nat­u­ral gas and clean en­ergy sources such as so­lar, wind, geo-ther­mal and hy­dro, the Am­bas­sador added.

Both the na­tions pressed for an am­bi­tious agree­ment on cli­mate change at the Con­fer­ence of Par­ties 21 in Paris in De­cem­ber, and con­tinue to work to­gether on such is­sues through the Clean En­ergy Part­ner­ship and the Strate­gic Di­a­logue, Fed­eral Min­is­ter Ahh­san Iqbal said.

Rec­tor of the Univer­sity En­gi­neer As­ghar also high­lighted the im­por­tance of the con­fer­ence and said such events pro­vide op­por­tu­nity to ex­perts for dis­cussing the forth­com­ing chal­lenge and their so­lu­tions. "The im­por­tance of co­op­er­a­tion across bor­ders to ad­dress global is­sues such as wa­ter and food se­cu­rity can­not be un­der­stated," En­gi­neer As­ghar said.

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