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Pakistan's Interminable Energy Crisis: Is There Any Way Out?

July 23, 2014 // 9:15am4:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Global Sustainability and Resilience Program


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Pakistan is plagued by a deep energy crisis—one with troubling consequences for its fragile economy and volatile security situation. Islamabad, in fact, has described energy as a greater challenge than terrorism. Energy is also a major public concern. Recent polling finds that more than 90 percent of Pakistanis are worried about energy shortages.

This conference seeks to capitalize on the urgency of the crisis. It will focus on steps that can and should be taken in the immediate future to address both supply- and demand-side aspects of Pakistan’s energy conundrum. It will also propose actionable recommendations for Pakistani policymakers. Additionally, it will address implementation hurdles and how to overcome them.

Learn more about the participents and speakers here.  This conference has been made possible through the generosity of the Fellowship Fund for Pakistan.

View the opening remarks by Musadik Malik here.

View the luncheon address with Nargis Sethi here.

Location: 
5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
 
Event Speakers List: 
  • chief executive, Javed Akbar Associates (Private) Limited
  • former director of operations, World Bank
  • chief executive officer, Proplan Associates
  • managing director, EMI Advisors LLC
  • Robert Hathaway // Public Policy Scholar, former Asia Program Director
  • Michael Kugelman // Senior Program Associate for South and Southeast Asia, Asia Program
  • senior natural gas consultant, World Bank
  • advisor to the prime minister on water and energy, government of Pakistan
  • chief executive officer, The Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO)
  • William B. Milam // Senior Scholar
    Former Senior US Diplomat and Specialist in South Asia and West Africa. Ambassador to Pakistan (1998-2001); Ambassador to Bangladesh (1990-93); Chief of Mission in Liberia (1995-98); Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Finance and Development (1985-90)

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CONFERENCE AGENDA

8:45 Registration and coffee

9:15 Welcoming remarks
Robert M. Hathaway, director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

9:30 Opening address: A view from Islamabad
Musadik Malik, advisor to the prime minister on water and energy, government of Pakistan
Chair: Robert M. Hathaway, director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

10:30 Morning panel: Securing the right sources of energy
Robert Lesnick, senior natural gas consultant, World Bank
Oil and gas
Khalid Mansoor, chief executive officer, The Hub Power Company Limited (HUBCO)
Coal
Shannon Grewer, managing director, EMI Advisors LLC
Coalbed methane, geothermal, and small hydro
Chair: Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia, Woodrow Wilson Center

12:30 Luncheon

1:00 Luncheon address: Pakistan’s power sector reforms
Nargis Sethi, secretary for water and power, government of Pakistan (via video conference)
Chair: William B. Milam, Senior Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Center

2:00 Afternoon panel: Energy (mis)governance
Ziad Alahdad, former director of operations, World Bank
Energy bureaucracy
Akhtar Ali, chief executive officer, Proplan Associates
Energy pricing and efficiency
Javed Akbar, chief executive, Javed Akbar Associates (Private) Limited
Implementation hurdles and political will
Chair: Robert M. Hathaway, director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

4:00 Adjournment

 

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