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Pakistan to benefit from Japan in coal-based power generation: Ahsan Iqbal PDF Print E-mail
ISLAMABAD, Dec 6 (APP): Pakistan has untapped huge deposits of coal at Thar and it wants to learn from coal-based Japanese technology for producing electricity. Federal Minister for Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal said this during his visit to the Isogo Coal-fired Power Station at Yokohama on Friday, said a press release issued by the ministry of Planning and Development here. The Minister said that Japan has achieved world’s highest level of efficiency at Isogo Coal Power Station using the Ultra- Super- Critical (USC) technology. USC is an environment friendly technology with low emissions. He said the government is promoting local and imported coal based super critical technology power generation plants in the country to meet energy demand in the country.
“The energy policy announced by the government offers attractive terms toinvestors. Our aim is to double power generation capacity by 2025”, the Minister added.
Tsuyoshi Nakahata, Senior Director, Electric Power Development Company Ltd.gave a detailed briefing about the Ultra Super Critical technology for producing electricity from coal.
Later on the Minister held a meeting with Tsukasa Nakaoka, DeputyDirector General, Higher Education Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The Minister was briefed about the education system in Japan.  
During the briefing it was told that Japan is facing the challenge ofaging population and globalization and for globalization the learning of English language is critical, Nakaoka added.
The Minister speaking on the occasion stressed the need to establishlinks between the Education Ministries of thetwo countries. The Minister said that Pakistan and Japan can cooperate and take benefit from each other’s comparative advantage.
The Minister offered English teachers to the Japan Government becausePakistan has a large number of English speaking young people in the country of 180 million people where 60% are under 30 years of age.
The Minister pointed that Government is making strenuous efforts toincrease enrolment in higher education to develop human resource capital.To promote research in physical and social sciences, the government encourages students to pursue their Ph.Ds in Pakistan and abroad.  
Government wants to establish strong links between academia, innovation andIndustry, he added.  
He also underlined the need to establish MoUs among the top universities of Japan and Pakistan. Pakistan wants to learn from the Japan education system as such the exchange of students and teachers is essential.
Earlier in the morning, the Minister gave an interview to NIPPON television network. The minister also held meetings with Prof Shigemochi Hirashima, Professor Emiritus, Meiji Gakuin University and Ambassador Miyagawa, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. They discussed the mattersof mutual interest.
 

     

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