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France investing to produce 1000MW for Pakistan: Ambassador

French Ambassador to Pakistan Philippe Thieband said Wednesday France was backing Pakistan in its efforts to overcome energy crisis and was investing to save 1000 MW for the country. Talking to media persons after inaugurating a road show titled, ‘world of energy efficiency for a better Pakistan,” here by Schneider Electric, a company which offers solutions to energy management, the ambassador said France was collaborating with other partners including the Asian Development Bank on different components of energy-related projects and one of these schemes which cost $600 million would help Pakistan save 1000 WM. Replying to a question, he said France had international commitments and would abide by them with regard to the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project. The ambassador said Pakistan is a sovereign state and she took decisions on their own for meeting its energy needs. As far as the French government was concerned, he added, it would go by the international commitments, adding Pakistan had not requested for cooperation with regard to the Pak-Iran gas pipeline project. He said France was focusing on small projects including “Munda Dam” and other hydropower projects to efficiently ease energy crisis in Pakistan. Earlier inaugurating the show, he lauded the management of Schneider Electric for bringing their whole product profile under one roof. He said such road shows will definitely leave an impact on energy efficient measures in future. He said the road show was being held under the umbrella campaign experience efficiency to showcase the complete energy solution portfolio of Schneider Electric under one roof. He said the event would act as a platform to educate the national stakeholders about energy solutions and seek to address energy challenges by offering solutions that add value to one’s business in the long-run while aimed at all relevant audience of Schneider Electric – end users, government entities and the partners, the event will also touch upon key innovative and industry leading breakthroughs Schneider Electric have achieved globally including Ecostruxure, Struxureware and Smartstruxure. The event is being leveraged as a platform to showcase Schneider Electric’s portfolio of integrated solutions that facilitate intelligent energy management for its customers. Benoit Dubarle, Country President – UAE, Oman & Pakistan, Schneider Electric Gulf said, “Our road show offers a unique platform to identify new opportunities and a chance to meet with influential leaders and decision makers in the sectors. We focus on energy, IT, finance, government, hotels, healthcare and manufacturing.”

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