ISLAMABAD: Australian High Commissioner to Pakistan Margaret Adamson and Water Resources Secretary Shamail Khawaja on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Australia and Pakistan for collaboration on water, food and energy security.
The MOU was signed in the margins of the Indus Knowledge Forum, a one-day workshop organised by the Australian and Pakistani Governments where experts from both countries, civil society and international partners joined senior officials to discuss responses to the triple challenges of water scarcity, food insecurity and energy shortages.
“Australia is committed to helping Pakistan achieve water, food and energysecurity,” Adamson said.
“We have been partnering with Pakistan in water and agriculture since the 1980s. We welcome the recent momentum around these issues, which are inextricably linked to gender equality and the economy. We stand ready to continue to support Pakistan’s sustainable and inclusive development,” the high commissioner added.
Also participating in the Forum were Water and Power Development Authority Chairman General Muzammil Hussain and National Food Security Secretary Dr Hashim Popalzai.
The discussions covered Pakistan’s National Water Policy, the need for integrated thinking across the nexus between water, food and energy sectors, factoring in gender dimensions and the role civil society plays in the sustainable management of the Indus Basin resources.
Over the coming months, working groups of the forum will develop a range of proposals to present to the Pakistan Government.
The Forum is part of a long-term Australian commitment, under the Sustainable Development Investment Portfolio (SDIP), to build capacity for integrated management of water, food and energy resources in the Indus Basin.