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Energy sector: Germany ready to provide all possible assistance: CG

Business Recorder FEBRUARY 16, 2012

Dr Tilo Klinner, Consul General of Germany, said that Germany is ready to provide all possible assistance to Pakistan in energy sector in order to overcome its ongoing energy crisis.

Speaking at Korangi Association of Trade and Industry (KATI) on Tuesday, the German Diplomat said that there are several options of alternative energy resources including wind-power, solar and thermal power and Germany is already providing some solutions to Pakistan’s energy sector.¬†

He urged on image building of Pakistan especially Karachi in order to make it attractive for foreign investors. “Peaceful Karachi is very important and we can work together in this regard”, Dr Klinner said adding that he is already doing public relation services for Pakistan especially Karachi. He agreed to the proposal of KATI’s Chairman of Standing Committee on Diplomatic Affairs, Masood Naqi, that a group of prominent journalists should come to Pakistan and let them witness the peaceful environment of Pakistan. Dr Klinner also responding to the Chairman PRGMEA, Shahzad Salim to provide technical and vocational assistance to Pakistan’s skill training institutes. He also assured to visit Pakistan Readymade Garments Technical Training Institute (PRGTTI). Regarding GSP Plus to Pakistan he said that it would be approved by EU members after the ratification by the WTO.

While observing that Pak-German balance of trade in 2010-11 was tilted in favour of Pakistan, he acknowledged that German companies operating here are very contented with their investments.

Convinced that “things are not as bleak as it seems,” Dr Klinner said while maintaining that to attract foreign investments Pakistan needed stable and reliable political situation, assured his diplomatic post’s support to undo the negative perception created by media about Pakistan via counter narrative. He pointed out the recent issue of Time Magazine’s negative portray of Karachi. He, however, said that German investors are asking questions regarding payments to IPPs and circular debts, etc.: “You help us to make the decision makers understand.” Dr Klinner invited Pakistani business community to a number of fairs and exhibitions being held in Germany.-PR

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