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Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority and GIZ Germany enabled Textile Industry to save Rs400 million annually

Lahore, October 31, 2012 (PPI-OT): Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), in collaboration with German organization GIZ enabled the Textile industry of Pakistan to save about Rs.400 million per annum by implementing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program (REEE). It was acknowledged by Mr. Bernhard Mayhofer, Principal Advisor, REEE program –GIZ, Germany at a meeting with Mr. Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, Chief Executive Officer of SMEDA today. Mr. Alamgir Chaudhry, GM- Outreach, Mr. Ashfaq Ahmad, Head Industry Support Cell and Mr. Imran Chaudhry, Manager Donor Coordination Cell of SMEDA were also present on this occasion.

Mr. Meyhofer expressed profound gratitude for SMEDA’s cooperation in successful implementation of Energy Efficiency activities of REE Program. As a result of our joint efforts in the textile sector, APTMA members have reported energy saving up to 83.5 Million kwh per year, he said adding that basing upon the success such efforts in textile the ambit of REEE activities had been expanded to other industrial sectors including Food and Beverages, Steel and Glass sectors.

Mr. Mayhofer evinced keen interest to enhance scope of the mutual cooperation of SMEDA and GIZ for developing more structured approach for the existing activities as adding new areas such as promoting Renewable Energy technologies in the industry as well as productive use of renewable energy.

He offered to develop formal certification system for Energy Managers and qualification criteria for Energy Service Companies under SME portfolio while continuing with Energy Management System (EnMS) application in different industrial sectors. He called for involvement of more human resource of SMEDA from the departments other than Industry Support Cell.

Mr. Yousaf Naseem Khokhar, CEO SMEDA welcomed the Principal Advisor of GIZ and assured him of the fullest cooperation from SMEDA for expansion of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Program.

CEO SMEDA said that the programs like REEE were the dire need in the prevailing energy crisis. He appreciated to include Food and Beverages, Steel and Glass sectors in the program He also assured to involve respective trade bodies in expansion program of REEE.

For more information, contact:
Liaqat Ali Gohar
DGM (Admin. and PR)
Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA)
6th floor, LDA Plaza, Egerton Road, Lahore
Tel: 111-111-456
Fax: (042) 6304926
Email: helpdesk@smeda.org.pk
Website: www.smeda.org.pk

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