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China proposes next JEWG moot early next year in Beijing

To review and expedite implementation of decisions taken in the previous two Joint Energy Working Group (JEWG) meetings, China has proposed hosting third meeting of the group early next year in Beijing. The proposal was made when Pakistan’s Acting Ambassador to China, Zahoor Ahmed called on Wu Guihui, Engineer General of the National Energy Administration of China, official sources said here Monday. Wu had represented his country in the second group meeting held last year in Islamabad.

Welcoming the proposal, Zahoor Ahmed said the date for the third round of the meeting would be decided after mutual consultations.

The meeting was held prior to an award distribution ceremony organized after completion of a training course for the Pakistani engineers working on various wind power projects.

“This initiative that the JEWG took under the leadership of Wu is admirable and we are grateful to him for holding this training course,” said Zahoor.

He said this will help in training the personnel associated with wind energy projects in Pakistan.

He pointed out that clean energy will not only contribute to address the power crisis in Pakistan, but will also help improve the livelihood of the common people.

China is an all-weather friend of Pakistan, the friendship is deep and wide, he said, adding that both countries are working together successfully in various areas over the past 60 years. We are proud of China’s achievements in all dimensions and want to emulate their experience in development and poverty alleviation in our country, he added.

Wu said that in line with the initiatives he took in the last JEWG meeting, the National Energy Administration as well as Chinese enterprises including Three Gorges and the United Energy Power attached great importance in holding of this training programme.

“The training programme will be very useful and productive,” Wu noted.

Wu said that he is delighted that the closing ceremony of the training course is being held at a time when the 18th National Congress of the NPC is underway in Beijing.

This is a new avenue for cooperation between China and Pakistan in the field of clean energy, he said, adding that he believed that there are number of avenues in which both the countries can cooperate and benefit from each other experiences.

Later, while addressing the certificate award distributing ceremony, Zahoor and Wu highlighted the importance of this training programme.

The Group leader of the training programme, Irfan said that the experience gained by the participants during this course will help them greatly in their career.

He also highlighted the initiatives being taken by the Alternative Energy Development Board for promoting clean energy in Pakistan.

The ceremony was also attended by Zhang Binquan, Vice-President of Guodian Technology and Environment Group Cooperation and President of Guodian United Power Technology as well as Deputy Director of the 1st Department of the Investment Business of CWE International.

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