Quick Impact Safety Training Program at IESCO, May 25, 2012
Islamabad, May 25, 2012: The United States Government through the United States Agency for International
Development (USAID) “Quick Impact Lineman Training Program” will help in save thousands of linemen in Pakistan. At the concluding session of today’s training program held at the WAPDA Staff College, the deputy chief of party of USAID’s Power Distribution Program officially handed over linemen safety tools to distribution companies including the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), Multan Electric Power Company (MEPCO), and Hyderabad Electric Supply Company (HESCO). USAID has provided safety trainings to over 415 linemen and will provide training to thousands more in the coming months.
When addressing the trainees and visiting dignitaries, Mr. Saleem Arif, Deputy Chief of Party USAID Power Distribution Program said, “The U.S. Government recognizes the importance of safety and the part it plays in system reliability and loss reduction. Safety is the cornerstone of craftsmanship and professionalism. As professional craftsmen, linemen often work in hazardous situations requiring specific tools and equipment to complete their tasks safely and correctly. We are committed to developing the right resources for linemen to help drastically improve their safety and facilitate their work.” In closing, Saleem Arif noted, “The U.S. Government will continue to support Pakistan to bring improvements to DISCOs’ systems to improve electricity availability and flow to the consumers.”
The three-year USAID Power Distribution Program was announced by Secretary of State Clinton in 2009 as one of the US Government’s efforts to support Pakistan’s energy system. Through the Power Distribution Program, the US Government provides assistance to the Government of Pakistan in its efforts to reform the power sector so as to mitigate the current energy crisis. The program is helping government-owned electric power distribution companies to improve their performance in terms of reduced losses, increased revenues, and enhanced customer services.