Taken Question
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 18, 2011

Question: Is the United States supporting the building of a hydroelectric dam in Pakistan? Do we have any concerns about how it may impact India?

Answer: As part of a broader signature energy program announced in 2009, the United States has provided support to complete the final phases of two hydroelectric dams in Pakistan: the Satpara Dam in Gilgit-Baltistan and the Gomal Zam Dam in South Waziristan. We are considering doing more in the sector.

Pakistan has requested the international community’s support for development of the Diamer Basha Dam project. We recognize that such a hydroelectric project would help meet many of Pakistan’s long-term energy and water needs, as well as advance social and economic development.

We are considering how we can best support Pakistan’s request, as are other bilateral donors and multilateral financial institutions. No final decisions have been made. We continue to work with the Government of Pakistan to determine how best to use U.S. civilian assistance.

The United States has long supported development projects that enhance the daily lives of people throughout the region. In doing so, we always take into account a project’s potential regional impact.

PRN: 2011/1346