ERC joined Pak-German Renewable Energy Forum (PGREF) Meeting at Energy Department Punjab

ERC attended Pak-German Renewable Energy Forum (PGREF) Meeting at Energy Department
An inauguration Ceremony of Pakistan German Renewable Energy Forum (PGREF) was held on 26th May, 2016 at Energy Department, Punjab Government, Lahore. The event was chaired by Mr Asad Rehman Gilani, Secretary Energy Department and attended by officials of GIZ and German Embassy, Alternate Energy Development Board, Chairman Pakistan Solar Energy Association, Chairman QA Solar Park Private Limited. Mr Khalid Saeed, Head Energy Research Center along with Dr. Muhammad Ghaffar Dogar PSO attended the meeting on behalf of CIIT. The PGREF is a cooperative initiative between the two countries and has been created to develop network between respective industries, researchers and public sectors in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The PGREF will help to promote the knowledge transfer and development of renewable energy (RE) and Energy Efficiency (EE) projects under PPP mode, between the partner organizations and also establish permanent links between business community and Governments of both countries. It will also help build the capacity of manpower and service providers through training programs in Germany and also establish training institutions of international standards in Pakistan. Important members of the PGREF include Alternate Energy Development Board, Energy Department Punjab, Pakistan and German Solar Associations, and German Pakistan Trade Investment organization.

Mr Asad Rehman Gilani, Secretary Energy Department welcomed the representatives of GIZ / German Embassy and briefed the participants about potential, initiatives taken by Punjab Government on promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures in the Punjab province. He also explained the objectives of PGREF and expected role of PGREF in future. The Head of German delegation appreciated the efforts of Punjab Government and informed that the German Government shall fully cooperate to achieve the goals and objectives of the PGREF. In the end the office of PGREF was inaugurated jointly by the Secretary Energy Department and Head of German delegation.