U.S. Ambassador Donald Blome emphasizes U.S. economic and development assistance during visit to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

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Peshawar – August 5, 2022 – US Ambassador Donald Blome visited Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on August 3-4 to highlight the significant economic and development assistance from the US government, which has benefited the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in over the past 75 years of bilateral relations. During his trip, Ambassador Blome visited Chief Minister Mahmood Khan and emphasized that the United States wants to continue its cooperation in economic development, trade, educational partnerships and investments that have helped the region and its inhabitants.

Ambassador Blome visited the Torkham border post to see firsthand how the border contributes to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s trade and economic activities. This included visiting the 46-kilometer Peshawar-Torkham Highway, an $87 million US government construction project that has halved the cost of travel and vehicle maintenance, while making it easier for commuters and traders every day. While in KP, Ambassador Blome and USAID Mission Director Reed Aeschliman also handed over 36 vehicles to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Ministry of Health as part of the US Government’s support to Pakistan to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic and assist rapid response teams to collect COVID-19 samples and monitor cases. The donation follows a recent announcement in Washington to donate 16 million doses of pediatric COVID-19 vaccinations to Pakistan, which will bring total U.S. donations to more than 77 million. Ambassador Blome also visited the US government-funded Burns and Plastic Surgery Center in Peshawar. The state-of-the-art health facility was built and equipped with $15 million in funding from USAID. The center is the largest of its kind in Pakistan and has treated more than 5,000 patients since it opened in 2019.

During a tour of the US-Pakistan Center for Advanced Energy Studies at Peshawar University of Engineering and Technology, Ambassador Blome said: “It is an honor to be here today. today to view the Center and learn more about the great work you are doing here. As the United States and Pakistan commemorate our 75-year relationship this year, this facility symbolizes our shared vision and tremendous accomplishments. The U.S. government has worked with engineering universities across Pakistan as part of USAID’s $127 million partnership to establish centers like this for advanced learning in water, energy and food security.

During Ambassador Blome’s visit, the U.S. Embassy’s International Narcotics and Law Director, Lori Antolinez, participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the U.S. government-funded KP Prosecution Academy . In her remarks, Director Antolinez pointed out that the $2 million academy will train 200 prosecutors each year. Since 1989, the U.S. government, through the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, has provided $300 million to the KP to promote economic and agricultural development, strengthen the justice system, and help promote the security and stability. This included building 1,240 km of roads in the KP to help farmers and businesses get goods to market, completing 1,300 projects to provide drinking water and irrigation, and building 420 different law enforcement facilities including local police stations.

To download high definition photos of the Ambassador’s visit to KP, please click here: https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjA1FFg

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