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“Shared vision and collaborative efforts to mitigate climate change impact” Prime Minister Bhutan

Islamabad: “Shared vision and collaborative efforts at Public and the Private sector level can mitigate the impact of climate change and cooperation in energy can help south Asia for it transformation from energy constraint to energy surplus region.”

This was stated by Hon’ble Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bhutan while inaugurating two-day Conference on Climate Change and Energy Cooperation in South Asia organized by SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) in association with Bhutan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) was addressed by on 22nd April 2012 at Paro city of Bhutan

Mr. Vikramjit Singh Sahney, President, SCCI in his keynote address urged upon the need for collaborated efforts to devise out mechanisms to tackle the adverse effects of natural calamities due to climate change; for instance, sharing knowledge and technology.

He also recommended that all the SAARC nations should articulate common positions on climate change. For this, he said, a SAARC Climate Change Fund could be created to finance projects directed towards climate and environment protection.

He offered the policy makers and SAARC Secretariat at Kathmandu to work together to formulate doable action plan for users of power generated through hydroelectric and non conventional energy sources. He shared that investors from India have considerable interests in investing and transferring skills and technology in the energy sector of neighbouring countries.

H.E. Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuck, Minister for Economic Affairs, Bhutan, H.E. Patali Champika Ranawaka, Minister for Power and Energy of Sri and the guest of honour, Dasho Topgayl Dorji, President BCCI, Iqbal Tabish, Secretary General SAARC CCI and Mr. Subodh Kumar, the Executive Programs FNSt, Regional Directorate New Delhi also shared their views at the inaugural session.

Mr. Iftkhar Ali Malik, Vice President, SAARC CCI (Pakistan) and Mr. Pradeep Kumar Shrestha, Vice President SAARC CCI (Nepal) also shared their views..

The First Technical session on Climate Change chaired by Dr. Pema Jamtsho, Minister for Agriculture and forest while H.E. Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuck, Minister for Economic Affairs Bhutan chaired session on Energy, which was addressed by prominent academicians, experts from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka and Pakistan including Speakers from Pakistan included Ms. Raina Khan, environment expert, Engr. G.R. Bhatti, Member PEC and former Gm, KESC.

The Conference suggested policy framework for Energy cooperation and address various challenges faced by SAARC countries as a result of Climate Change.

Iqbal Tabish-SG signIt is pertinent to mention that according to the global database on disasters, over the past forty years, South Asia has faced as many as 1,333 disasters that killed almost a million people, affected 2.4 billion lives and damaged assets worth $105 billion.

For more information, contact:
SAARC Chamber Of Commerce and Industry
Apex Business Organization of SAARC
House No. 397, Street 64, I-8/3, Islamabad- Pakistan
Tel: +9251 486 0611 -3, 831 6023
Fax: +9251 831 6024

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