WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 23, 2012 – This week, the Aga Khan Foundation U.S.A. (AKF USA) signed an agreement with the Regional Energy Security, Efficiency, and Trade (RESET) project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), to carry out the Cross-Border Energy project in the Shugnan District. AKF USA, an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and its project partner, Pamir Energy, will extend electrical service to remote northern Afghanistan from an existing power grid in Tajikistan, while helping to establish the infrastructure for regional growth in Central Asia.

Pamir Energy was founded in 2002, with major investment from the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) and the International Finance Corporation, to restore sustainable electrical power to the Gorno-Badakhshan region of Tajikistan. Besides providing hydropower-generated electricity to an estimated 220,000 people in Tajikistan, Pamir Energy already extends power to over 1,000 households across the Panj River in some of the most isolated parts of northern Afghanistan. The new agreement builds on that foundation. Under the agreement, AKF USA and Pamir Energy will build additional transmission lines and distribution systems to northern Afghanistan, and train staff at the Afghan national utility company on systems maintenance and management.

The agreement follows comments made last fall by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Pamir Energy’s success as a private-public partnership. Secretary Clinton noted in October that the U.S. should work with AKDN “to support Pamir Energy in building an integrated energy grid along the Tajik-Afghan Border.”

Read the full press release here.