Islamabad, January 17, 2017 (PPI-OT):Mr. Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Climate Change, presided the UNIDO Cleantech awards distribution ceremony that was held in Islamabad, today. The Minister handed over prizes to five winners in a graceful ceremony. The awards were distributed under Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP) of UNIDO.
GCIP is a global programme, aimed at supporting and converting the innovations in the field of clean technologies into successful businesses. The innovations focused on the five categories of renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste to energy and green buildings.
During third cycle of the programme this year, GCIP supported Eighty Two SMEs and Startups in Pakistan through a comprehensive programme of extensive mentoring, training, access to investors and showcasing opportunities. Winners received awards ranging from US$ 20,000 (National Winner) to US$ 15,000 (4 Runner-up Prizes), including a prize for the most promising woman-led business. As part of the package, all winners will receive a funded opportunity of mentorship and training during their exposure visit of Silicon Valley, USA.
Speaking at the occasion, the Federal Minister Mr Zahid Hamid stressed the importance of innovation in clean technology in mitigating harmful impacts of Climate Change. The Minister specifically appreciated the role of the UNIDO and its partners in arranging this competition to foster cleantech startups and introduce viable solutions to the current energy crisis in Pakistan. He reiterated his ministry’s continued support to this endeavour.
The Chairman of PCST, Prof. Dr. Anwar ul Hassan Gilani, highlighted the role of PCST in supporting entrepreneurship in Pakistan particularly in clean technologies to ensure sustainability of the ongoing initiatives. He also reiterated possible role of PCST as hub of activities of National Cleantech Platform of UNIDO.
At this occasion, Mr Alois Mhlanga, Project Manager from UNIDO HQ highlighted the significance of innovations in Clean Technologies and appreciated the achievements of GCIP in Pakistan. He launched National Cleantech Platform (NCTP) of Pakistan to promote clean technology innovations and Competitiveness in SMEs in Pakistan to deliver global environmental benefits.
He shared that during last three cycles of the call for awards, GCIP Pakistan has mobilized public and private sector along with academia and civil society which can play a vital role in ensuring sustainability of the initiative through national institutions. NCTP will comprise of federal, provincial and regional chapters with a diverse group of members committed to promote cleantech innovations in Pakistan in their respective fields.
The UNIDO Representative to Pakistan, Mr. Esam Alqararah, while addressing the ceremony, shared UNIDO’s vision on energy and environment and the efforts UNIDO in promoting renewable energy and clean technologies in Pakistan. Mr. Alqararah pinpointed the importance of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the development of the country. He reiterated UNIDO’s commitment to further strengthen the cooperation with the Ministry of Climate Change.
The ceremony was attended by more than 250 high ranking officials and dignitaries, Ambassadors, international donor agencies, Rectors and Vice Chancellors of Universities, Representatives from government institutions including allied departments of MoCC, representatives from Industries, Investors, Ministry of Industries and production, Climate Change Division, Chambers of Commerce and industry and private sector stakeholders and GEF cell.
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