THE United States Government is committed to helping Asian countries resolve their power-generation problems, says Barbara McKee, a director of the US Department of Energy. Speaking at the Asia Power '94 conference organised by AIC Conferences, Ms McKee said the government would assist business through aid programmes, bilateral projects and through its support for multilateral bodies, such as the United Nations and the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation forum. ''The guiding principle for everyone should be long-term mutual benefit. The US Government is committed to help resolve these problems by helping countries adapt to the evolving power industry; helping US companies in key markets and working with US industry to close the financing gap, through encouraging private funding and making our programmes more effective.'' Providing training and information on private power, creating viable capital markets and developing efficient legal and regulatory infrastructures were keys to helping countries adapt to evolving electric power industry requirements, she said. In addition, the US Government would encourage private funding by adapting its export financing to project finance and co-ordinating with multilateral development banks, she said. It would also establish a basis for long-term banking sector participation and aimed to maintain dialogue with investment and commercial bankers. Ms McKee, who is involved in the international co-ordination programme of the office of coal technology, said Asia was an important export market for the US because of its potential for equipment suppliers, oil and gas exploration and architectural and engineering services.