Pak con­scious of cli­mate change obli­ga­tions: Zahid

The Pak Banker - - NA­TIONAL -

Min­is­ter for Cli­mate Change Zahid Hamid Thurs­day said Pak­istan was con­scious of its obli­ga­tions to tackle en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues af­ter the Paris agree­ment.

"Prime Min­is­ter Muham­mad Nawaz Sharif has di­rected the min­istry to de­velop a com­pre­hen­sive plan to ef­fec­tively com­bat cli­mate change," he said while talk­ing to a del­e­ga­tion of the Agence Fran­caise De Depart­ment ( AFD) who called on him here.

The del­e­ga­tion was com­pris­ing of head of Asia Depart­ment AFD Paris Of­fice Pas­cal Pa­caut, Coun­try Direc­tor AFD Pak­istan Of­fice Jacky Am­prou, Re­gional Co­or­di­na­tor for Pak­istan and Afghanistan Fred­eric Con­tin and Team Leader AFD Pak­istan Of­fice Nau­man Bhutta, said a press re­lease.

Zahid Hamid ap­prised the del­e­ga­tion that Pak­istan's po­si­tion in the rank­ing of worst cli­mate change hit coun­tries in last 20 had im­proved, adding that it had gone to num­ber 8 from 10. "We are plan­ning to bring leg­is­la­tion changes and adap­ta­tion plans to com­bat cli­mate change. Pak­istan is first coun­try to have its par­lia­ment on so­lar en­ergy," he said. He said Pak­istan was also plan­ning to get re­li­able es­ti­mates through ex­pert stud­ies to know it stood in car­bon emis­sions.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, both the sides agreed to co­op­er­ate and in­vest for coun­ter­ing cli­mate change is­sues ef­fec­tively. AFID is a pub­lic de­vel­op­ing bank owned by the French gov­ern­ment in in­charge of fund­ing and im­ple­ment­ing de­vel­op­ment projects in Pak­istan.

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