Islamabad: The Pakistan government on Wednesday
identified energy and food security as key areas of
cooperation with America as it began preparing the ground for
the next round of its Strategic Dialogue with the US.
Chairing a meeting to prepare for the dialogue, Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said energy and food security are
key sectors where Pakistan can seek US aid.
Pakistan needs large investment in energy and
ministries should finalise operational plans and identify
potential areas of cooperation with the US, he said.
The ministries should work in an institutionalised
manner and enhance coordination to achieve optimal results
despite resource constraints, he said.
Gilani directed the Food and Agriculture Ministry to
work out a strategy to enhance exports of agricultural
products to the US.
Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh told the meeting
that potential areas of cooperation with the US have already
been identified in the field of food, agriculture, livestock,
water and power, IT and education.
Power Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said out of the 32
medium and small dams identified to be built in cooperation
with the US, operational plans have been prepared for 12 dams
in Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
Ashraf also apprised the premier about progress in
negotiations with the US for building thermal and wind power
projects and revamping other projects.