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US NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER VISITS ISLAMABAD - CALLS ON PM - ARMY CHIEF

Islamabad -The US National Security Adviser Dr. Susan Rice called on the Prime Minister today. She was accompanied by the Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the US National Security Council Dr. Peter Lavoy and Ambassador Richard Olson.

USA - CUBA RENEWAL OF RELATIONS : FOES OF DECADES CAN'T BECOME FRIENDS IN DAYS OR MONTHS

Tazeen Akhtar - History has been made between USA and Cuba this year. Foes of Cold War renewed their diplomatic relations once again restoring their embassies in respective capitals with warm welcome by the citizens of both countries. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Cuba on 14 August to open USA embassy reciprocally as Cuban FM Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla traveled to Washington DC on 20 July, restored Cuba embassy after 54 years of closure, a long time.

NEW US EMBASSY BUILDING - OLSON INAUGURATES IN ISLAMABAD

Islamabad, July 31, 2015Ambassador Richard G. Olson officially inaugurated the new building of the U.S. Embassy on July 29 in Islamabad at a ceremony on the diplomatic enclave. The Ambassador was joined by numerous Pakistani government officials and foreign diplomats to commemorate the occasion. Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, Daniel F. Feldman, and the State Department Director for Overseas Building Operations, Casey Jones, also traveled from Washington to take part in the ceremony. 

Empowering Women in the Workplace: U.S.-Pakistan Women’s Council Celebrates Second Anniversary

Islamabad-U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson joined a commemoration of the U.S. Pakistan Women’s Council’s (USPWC) second anniversary with prominent business and civil society leaders today in Islamabad.  The event was linked via Skype to concurrent USPWC events in Karachi and in Washington, DC, where U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, American University President Neil Kerwin, and Pakistani Ambassador to the United States Jalil Jilani discussed women’s empowerment efforts in both Pakistan and the United States.

USA-PAKISTAN HIGHLIGHT OPPORTUNITIES IN BASHA DAM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On October 8, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted senior Government of Pakistan officials, including Finance Minister Ishaq Dar and Minister for Water and Power Khawaja Mohammad Asif, who highlighted the business opportunities presented by Pakistan’s multibillion dollar, 4,500 megawatt Diamer Basha Dam Project to an audience of U.S. companies and investors.

 

U.S. Training Helps Power Plant Engineers Improve Energy Efficiency

Islamabad-Twenty Pakistani engineers from power generation companies around the country were presented with certificates of completion after participating in a thermal program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at a ceremony in Islamabad on April 10. The course is designed to help engineers further develop their technical skills and provide them with industry best practices in order to improve the operation, maintenance, and management of power plants.

U.S AND INTEL SUPPORT EDUCATION AND WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

Islamabad- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Punjab Provincial Director Jeffrey Bakken and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Naveed Siraj signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today on the use of technology to support education and women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan.

MORE WHEAT PLANTERS FROM USA

Islamabad-The U.S.-Pakistan Wheat Productivity Enhancement Project (WPEP) today brought together wheat researchers from the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to celebrate progress in the global fight against wheat diseases. At the event, USDA Agricultural Counselor in Pakistan Clay Hamilton, CIMMYT country representative Mohammad Imtiaz, and Secretary of the Ministry of Food Security and Research Seerat Asghar presented eleven new wheat planters to WPEP partners.

60 Second International Film Festival Features U.S. Film Directors

Islamabad-U.S. film directors Ted Braun and Marilyn Agrelo delivered keynote speeches at the 60 Second International Film Festival (www.60siff.com), held March 8 at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts in Islamabad. Braun and Agrelo are visiting Pakistan with the U.S. State Department’s American Film Showcase (AFS), a touring program that brings U.S. documentaries and film experts to audiences around the world.

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