STAFF REPORT ISB: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has engaged Arizona State University in US to develop a groundbreaking energy research and solution hub in Pakistan. The US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy and Arizona University will start joint researches and exchange information on the core issue of energy crisis and to identify the untapped potential to overcome the rising challenge. Two Pakistani universities i.e. National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and University of Engineering and Technology (UET) will also be focal stakeholders of the initiative.
Senator John McCain commented on the partnership, “This initiative is marking of a new era of cooperation amongst both countries and US is all in glee to help in solving the intensifying energy challenge of Pakistan by developing more reliable and sustainable cheaper energy solutions through extensive RandD activities”. The five year energy program was launched at the occasion in the presence of representatives of NUST, UET and USAID.The International nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) are playing very effective role in pulling out Pakistan from several serious challenges including energy, climate change, water, agriculture etc. The US-Pakistan Centers for Advanced Studies in Energy were made possible by an $18 million USAID grant as part of a larger $127 million project to support Pakistans economic development by enhancing universities financial and technical strengths.