Australia may help Pakistan to build Diamer Basha and Mohmand dams

Arshad Shehzad

Islamabad: Australia is likely to invest in two dams-Mohmand and Diamer Basha and assist to achieve food, water and energy security by implementing water conservation.

Water and Resources Division had written a letter to Australian government seeking assistance to build two major Mohmand and Diamer Basha dams.

Australian High Commissioner Ms Margret Adamson called on the Secretary Water and Resources on Tuesday to discuss the future steps for implementation of actions agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on water resources management.

Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan, Margaret Adamson, and Secretary for Water Resources, Shamail Khawaja had signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and Pakistan for collaboration on water, food and energy security in September this year.

During a meeting held on Tuesday both the sides agreed to share with each other nominees for constituting the Joint Advisory Committee and work out Annual Work Plan to achieve the objectives set out in the MOU. The Australian High Commissioner informed that the Australian Experts from ACIAR will be visiting Pakistan during early next year which will engage with provincial Agriculture departments and also with the Ministry of Water and Resources.

 Australian Ambassador said that Australia was committed to helping Pakistan achieve water, food and energy security. Australia had been development partner of Pakistan in water and agriculture since the 1980s.

The Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP) draws on Australian expertise and technologies and is being implemented in Pakistan through six Australian and international partners. The Australian Government is providing Pakistan with A$15 million (2016-20) in support under the SDIP.  

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