Islamabad, June 18, 2014 (PPI-OT): The Australian High Commissioner in Pakistan H.E. Peter Heyward accompanied by Mr. Geoff Podger, an international water expert from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) called upon Honourable Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal on 18-06-2014 at 4:00 pm in Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform, Islamabad.
The meeting was focused on Integrated Water Resources Development in Pakistan, realization of vision 2025 and managing emerging water crisis in Pakistan. The Australian High Commissioner highlighted the contribution made by Prof. Ahsan Iqbal for promoting water sector investment and reform programme in an holistic manner.
The international water expert Mr. Geoff Podger stated that the Minister Prof. Ahsan Iqbal’s contribution in water summit is very valuable and his thinking matches with world class water expert. Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform, Prof. Ahsan Iqbal stated that water security is critical for Pakistan’s future; failure to plan today will result in a far more serious crisis in water sector than we are currently facing in energy sector.
He said that Pakistan’s depleting water resources have pushed us in water stressed countries category. We need to increase water storage, use water efficiently and adopt an integrated strategy for conservation and use of water.
Pakistan appreciates Australian support to Pakistan in software aspect of water resource sector management including decision support system, water availability modeling and planning. The Minister also appreciated the Australian Government support for allocating sizeable amount for training and education in Pakistan and shared that we should evolve a better national framework for its effective utilization.
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