Twenty female employees working in the engineering, customer service, commercial, and revenue departments at Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO) are receiving IT training this week, thanks to a U.S. government-sponsored program.
The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) Power Distribution Improvement Program is a three-year effort aimed at strengthening government-owned electric power distribution companies (DISCOs). Program goals are to match international standards by reducing losses, increasing revenues, and improving customer services.
“The United States Government believes that improving Pakistani expertise in energy distribution will lead to a more stable and economically vibrant Pakistan,” said Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, the wife of U.S. Ambassador Cameron Munter, at the opening ceremony today. “IT training, particularly for female employees, will help bring long-lasting and sustainable improvements in the delivery of energy.”
The workshop is part of the U.S. commitment to energy reform. To help Pakistan become self-sufficient in energy, USAID is also helping complete construction of three dams, renovate power plants, and introduce more efficient technologies that will reduce energy use in the agriculture sector.