Poverty alleviation, environment protection must for sustainable development: Abid

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ISLAMABAD, June 29 (APP): Minister of State for Water and Power Abid Sher Ali has said that sustainable development could only be achieved with poverty alleviation besides protecting the environment.

Speaking at opening session of a two-day G-20 Conference on Energy Access in Beijing, the minister said rapid expansion of clean and sustainable energy offered a win-win solution for the poor and the environment.

According to a message received here Wednesday, Abid Sher Ali highlighted the importance of access to energy and sustainable development as a main challenge for developing countries,

He said that growth of renewable energy was necessary to provide energy services and create the economies of scale necessary for global expansion of renewable energy.

The minister shared the measures being taken by the Government of Pakistan to ensure energy security and sustainable development.

“Vision 2025 aims to ensure uninterrupted access to affordable and clean energy for economic growth and security of Pakistan to have good quality of life and high living standard for all citizens, increasing dependence on domestic resources and job creation” he said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Abid Sher Ali is leading the Pakistan delegation at the conference convened to discuss the role of energy access in poverty alleviation and regional economic growth.