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Germany to assist Pakistan in power sector, says envoy

While wind farms for producing electricity have already come up in Pakistan with German help, Germany will help Pakistan with more wind farms to help mitigate the power crisis in the country.

This information was imparted by Tilo Klinner, the German Consul-General in Karachi, at a Press conference-cum-dinner that he hosted at the German Consulate-General Monday evening.

He was speaking at the Press conference held to outline the collaborative programmes between the two countries scheduled for 2013 and early 2014. He said that Germany fully realized the constraints to her economic development Pakistan was facing and would like to help minimize them.

He said that apart from wind farms, Germany would also be assisting Pakistan in the development of power through photovoltaic cells to harness solar energy.

When his attention was drawn by a questioner to the massive potential for the production of hydro-electric power in Pakistan’s northern half, he agreed that there was lots of promise in this regard but said that there was nothing in particular on the cards in this behalf right away but there was realisation of this aspect in Germany. Besides, he said, the Press conference was meant to highlight German assistance programmes in the southern half of the country mostly.

He said that there was a plan to develop solar energy infrastructure in Balochistan with German assistance in collaboration with the Balochistan Rural Support Programme.

Apart from this, he said, German agencies would be helping in the development of recreational and educational facilities in Balochistan as also enhancing water supply to villages there.

Talking to The News, he said that Pakistan’s exports and hence the balance of payments (BoP) position was becoming more precarious with the passage of each day because of the dire electricity shortage which was hitting industrial production. As such, he said, electricity was right now the topmost economic imperative.

Besides that, the setting up of bilateral chambers of commerce with the cooperation of Pakistan-German Business fora was also on the cards.

He also outlined the cooperation between the two countries in the field of vocational training and training of trainers and cited the AmanTech Institute which already was providing substantial aid in the endeavour. Klinner underlined the imperative need to channelize the energies of the youth in constructive channels to stall social disruption.

This being the election year both in Germany and, hopefully in Pakistan , the Goethe-Institut and the German Consulate-General will be sponsoring seminars and discussions on the polls and subjects like the polls and local government. Besides, there will be seminars and discussions on Balochistan and the challenges facing the province and these would take into account all the stakeholders in Balochistan.

There will also be a seminar on the GSP plus programme and ways and means whereby Germany could help Pakistan fulfill the preconditions. Klinner also said that since the preservation of cultural heritage had been made a provincial subject but the province of Sindh did not have the required expertise or the know-how, the German, agency, Geotech, would be helping in the conservation of all the historical landmarks in Sindh.

Later, the French Consul-General in town, Christian Ramage, who joined in later, talked about the cultural exchange programmes and their importance and highlighted the success of the Elysee Treaty in turning centuries of bickering and warfare into the most peaceful and productive era. He hoped that sooner rather than later, the same spirit could be nurtured on the South Asian Sub-Continent all for the betterment of the masses.

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