US considering to assist in Diamer-Bhasha dam construction


The United States is considering a Pakistani request to the international community to support the construction of Diamer-Bhasha Dam.
Replying to a question, a state department spokesperson said that the US recognizes that such a hydroelectric project would help meet many of Pakistan’s long term energy and water needs, and advance social and economic development in the country.
“We are considering how we can best support Pakistan’s request, as are other bilateral donors and multilateral financial institutions. No final decisions have been made. We will continue to work with the Government of Pakistan to determine how best to use U.S. civilian assistance” the spokesperson said.
She said that the United States has long supported development projects that enhance the daily lives of people throughout the region. In doing so, the US always take into account a project’s potential regional impact.
The spokesperson pointed out that as part of a broader signature energy program announced in 2009, the United States has provided support to complete the final phases of two hydroelectric dams in Pakistan: the Satpara Dam in Gilgit-Baltistan and the Gomal Zam Dam in South Waziristan.
“We are considering doing more in the sector”, the spokesperson added.