Donald Larry Sampler, USAID Assistant Administrator for Afghan-Pak affairs, on Tuesday hinted that USAID would be bringing in 43 million dollars worth of investment in energy sector in Pakistan which would help encourage further investment.

He gave these remarks in a meeting with Finance Minister Senator Ishaq Dar. US Ambassador, Richard G. Olson accompanied Donald Larry Sampler.

The minister said the Pakistan government intended to carry out rehabilitation work in a centralized and focused manner with complete oversight mechanism to ensure transparency and accountability. This would help us avoid duplication, the minister observed. He welcomed USAID initiative for the rehabilitation activities in Waziristan area in future. There was also detailed discussion on USAID development projects in Pakistan.

The finance minister also briefed the USAID senior representative about the recent visit of Afghan President to Pakistan saying: “It went very well, headway has been made in economic and trade relations between the two countries”, the minister added. Both sides agreed on early completion of projects undertaken by Pakistan in Afghanistan besides having talks on future cooperation. Donald Larry Sampler also termed the visit of Afghan President as a new beginning in Af-Pak ties.

Federal Minister for Finance affirmed government’s resolve to carry out rehabilitation work for TDPs, badly affected by the ongoing war on terror. He said once the DNA estimates were finalized after the Zarb-e-Azb was over, a clear picture would emerge on the actual requirements for the rehabilitation and reconstruction work.