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UNIDO's training program on skill-building of energy professionals concludes.

ISLAMABAD -- The United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Global Environment Facility (UNIDO-GEF) project entitled 'Sustainable Energy Initiative for Industries organised twin events marking the concluding of its country wide Training Program on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency.

The event helped in bringing all major stakeholders to present and discuss localisation of UNIDO's Cluster development approach.

The training program aimed at skill building of energy professionals in line with the Cluster development approach.

General Manager Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA), Ministry of Industries and Production Ashfaq Ahmed, the Chief Guest at the event, applauded the initiative taken by UNIDO and GEF in promoting the adoption role of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in industrial development.

He said that one could not achieve success without a sustainable supportive environment in Pakistan, which included the human capacity of professional Energy Auditors.

Director Punjab Energy department Salman Ahmed who was the honorary guest at the event, in his remarks said that the trainings conducted by UNIDO were the need of the time to bring standardization to the capacity building interventions in the country. He said that his department work to enhance energy efforts would get great help from UNIDO in raising skills and knowledge of its technical teams.

The events were widely attended by various stakeholders, both from the industry and government officials from relevant Ministry and line departments.

Country Representative UNIDO, Nadia Aftab on the occasion, shed light on the role of UNIDO during its nearly 50 years of presence while highlighting some hallmark achievements of UNIDO assisting the sustainable development process of Industrial sector in the country.

She stressed upon the importance of training courses for promoting Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Pakistan.

In his introductory remarks about the subject, Carlos Chanduvi, the Project Manager, highlighted the objective of cluster development event as well as pointed out the importance of the UNIDO training program.

He appreciated the participation of the all major stakeholders in this event and called on all stakeholders to contribute to the sustainability of the UNIDO's initiatives. He also stated that trained experts on Energy Efficiency and integrated Energy Management Systems would become ambassadors of the sustainable use of energy in Pakistan.

Representative of National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (NEECA), Ministry of water and power Asad Mehmood in his remarks termed the industrial sector in Pakistan as one of the main contributors to the national gross domestic product (GDP), as well as a major consumer of energy and electricity, which was characterized by high dependence on fossil fuels.

He said that UNIDO's initiative was commendable unleashing indigenous capacity to tap into the great potentials of industrial production of Pakistan.

UNIDO presented key highlights of the recently concluded training program, which gave insight into the various training modules and their objectives and targets.

The participants actively participated in the event and the group discussions on the Cluster development and came up with new ideas in developing clusters for Renewable energy and energy efficiency. UNIDO officials keenly noted down all the raised ideas and suggestions and thanked the participants for providing their thoughts on the issues that would greatly help UNIDO to better strategize their future plans on sustainable energy projects.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Oct 2, 2018
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