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TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA FOR PAKISTAN WATER MANAGEMENT FUNDED BY USAID

ISLAMABAD – February 21th 2014 – United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Training for Pakistan Project (TFP) funded the attendance of eight representatives from Pakistan’s public and private sectors to attend a two-week on-farm water management and command area development training in Australia. At a debriefing today in Islamabad the delegates reflected on their positive benefits of the training and outlined plans to utilize their training to ensure more farmers across Pakistan use efficient irrigation methods.

USAID TO HELP PAK HONEY INDUSTRY

Islamabad (Staff Reporter) The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Entrepreneurs Project, has trained 24,000 small business owners in the field of medicinal plants and honey.

The Medicinal and Aromatic Plants and Honey Industry conference on February 3 featured discussions aimed at developing the medicinal plant and honey sector in Pakistan. Plant collectors and bee-keepers discussed business opportunities with buyers and service providers.

The United States Announces $160 Million Pakistan Reading Project on International Literacy Day

ISLAMABAD (Staff Reporter) The United States announces the launch of the Pakistan Reading Project to boost the reading skills of 3.2 million Pakistani children. This project will fund improvements in reading instruction and reading assessment in grades one through five throughout the Pakistani public school system. The International Rescue Committee (IRC), which is partnering with regional governments and Pakistani civil society organizations, will implement this $160 million project in an estimated 38,000 public schools over the next five years.

USAID Power Distribution Program begins the Outage Reduction Project for DISCOs

Islamabad (Staff Reporter) The USAID Power Distribution Program organized a two-day workshop on “Developing Proposals for the Outage Reduction Devices (ORD) Program” for the planning engineers of seven DISCOs. The focus of the workshop was on the different aspects of developing proposals for the proper utilization of the ORDs (i.e.

USAID-Funded Workshop for Civil Society Organizations

Islamabad (Staff Reporter) Thirty-one NGO representatives completed a training course on human resource management held in Islamabad by Associates in Development (AiD) as part of the USAID-funded Assessment and Strengthening Program.

“Civil society organizations constitute a huge resource for Pakistan. Training courses like this will enable these organizations to better execute development projects funded by USAID and other donors," said Steven Crabtree, Director of the USAID/Pakistan Financial Management Office.

10,000 linemen trained to meet international quality and safety standards in all DISCOs

Islamabad( PR ) The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through its Power Distribution Program reached a milestone today by completing the first phase of training in government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs). The Quick Impact Safety Training Program has been designed to reduce fatal and non-fatal accidents of linemen in DISCOs in Pakistan. In this first phase, around 10,000 linemen from all nine DISCOs have been trained to meet quality and safety standards.

National Power Control Center is Empowered on Load Management by USAID

Islamabad( Staff Reporter )For the first time in the history of Pakistan, the National Power Control Center (NPCC) is being provided near real time information on actual loads for government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) which will assist NPCC to avoid the need for unscheduled load shedding all over the country. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Power Distribution Program today successfully made operational the Load Data Improvement (LDI) project load information display at NPCC in efforts to assist in minimizing unscheduled load shedding.

Mango Conference and Festival in Islamabad.

Islamabad ( Staff Report ) U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson and Commerce Secretary Qasim Niaz joined business owners and stakeholders to celebrate the unprecedented success of Pakistan’s mango sector.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) claims that it has helped boost mango production and exports to international markets, leading to a 75 percent increase in farm revenues and the creation of hundreds of new jobs across Pakistan.

New Financial Controls at DISCOs to Enhance Accountability

Islamabad( Staff Reporter ) The United States Agency of International Development USAID Power Distribution Program (PDP) is working with government-owned power distribution companies (DISCOs) to improve their revenues and financial futures. Few key areas where PDP has been assisting DISCOs include optimization of accounting and internal audit processes, financial forecast models and assistance in providing roadmap for Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) implementation.

USAID Launches Pakistan Private Investment Initiative to Mobilize at Least $150 Million in Private Equity Investment

Dubai( PR ) Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, announced the Pakistan Private Investment Initiative with the Abraaj Group and JS Private Equity Management.

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