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Mauritius and Pakistan to boost trade; renewable energy in focus

Mauritius and Pakistan to boost trade; renewable energy in focus

Deputy Prime Minister Beebeejaun said that the island economy was keen to explore ways and means to further enhance Pakistan-Mauritius bilateral trade and commercial ties. (Image: The Hindu)

Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Tuesday emphasized the need for concerted steps by the South Asian economy and Mauritius to benefit from their Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and enhance the existing volume of bilateral trade.

The President welcomed Mauritius’ Deputy Prime Minister Ahmed Rashid Beebeejaun, who is on an official visit to Pakistan, and noted that this was the first high-level visit to Pakistan from the island nation in a long time.

Referring to the PTA between the two countries inked in 2007, Pakistan’s head of state urged exchange of business delegations to help boost trade and economic relations.

Coming to ties in the field of education, the President said that Pakistan has been offering courses to Mauritius under the Pakistan Technical Assistance Programme (PTAP) and assured that such courses would continue in the future.

Besides, the President also offered assistance to Mauritius for technical training and education in diverse fields including medicine, engineering, pharmacy and dentistry, among others.

Deputy Prime Minister Beebeejaun said that Mauritius highly values its relations with Pakistan and was keen to explore ways and means to further enhance bilateral trade and commercial ties.

He also informed the President that the construction of Urdu House and Jinnah Tower in Mauritius was under consideration and was expected to be started soon.

Following the meeting with the Pakistani President, Beebeejaun, who also holds the portfolio of renewable energy, was briefed by officials of the Pakistan Council for Renewable Energy (PCRET), Ministry of Science & Technology, Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB), National Energy Conservation Centre (ENERCON) and the Ministry of Water & Power.

The experts, representatives and heads of the respective organisations stated that renewable energy resources are crucial to Pakistan, as the country is facing an acute shortage of fossil fuels.

Considering the potential of renewable energy in the country, Pakistan has taken a number of steps to explore and promote renewable energy such as wind based power generation, solar devices and energy audit for conservation.

These steps are expected to increase the contribution of renewable energy to the energy mix, which currently relies excessively on gas and oil, forcing the country to pay heavily for fuel imports.

The island economy has much to teach Pakistan, as it is one of the world’s leading players in the field of renewable energy. Mauritius produces as much as 22% of its electricity from a combination of solar energy, wind energy, solid waste management energy and geothermal energy.

To conclude the meeting with Pakistan’s energy sector representatives, Beebeejaun stressed that mutual cooperation would be carried out between the two countries in the area of renewable energy through programs and other interactions.

Source: Associated Press of Pakistan

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