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ISLAMABAD, Oct 18 (APP): Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain on Tuesday urged the investors to opt for  Pakistan’s Renewable Energy Sector which has immense potential.

Opening a 3-day international conference and exhibition
on “Renewable Energy Technologies” here, he said Pakistan has  been facing power shortage for the last so many years, adding  incumbent government, since its inception, was taking strides  to overcome the menace of load-shedding.

He said promotion of RE sector was also top priority of
the government and it has launched many projects to tap the  renewable energy potential.

He expressed the hope that the people would get rid of
powerload-shedding in early 2018.

The minister said Pakistan was blessed with high exposure
solar energy which could be utilized for getting environmentally clean energy.

He said the developed countries made immense progress to
get clean energy from the RE sector. However, underdeveloped  countries could not yet tap the RE sector, he added.

The minister said there was a dire need to promote the
environment friendly energy for survival of mankind.

He said the conference would help provide exchange of
innovative and new ideas to promote RE sector.

Secretary Ministry of Science and Technology Fazl Abbas
said that in past adequate importance was not given to promote  RE sector adding that it has limited share in energy mix.

He said solar potential should be captured to harness the
clean energy.

Director General Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy
Technologies (PCRET) Dr Basharat Mahmood said around 2 billion  people across the globe have not yet access to the grid line  system of electricity adding these could easily be facilitated  through promoting RE sector.

Conference Coordinator, M Nadeem Zakir said the conference would help sensitize relevant quarters towards the importance of research  and development, commercialization and widespread use of renewable energy technologies (RETs).

Deputy Director COMSATS Irfan Hayee and Secretary General Pakistan National Commission for UNESCO Hafiz Sher Ali also spoke  on the occasion.

The conference was organized jointly by Pakistan Council
of Renewable Energy Technologies (PCRET) and Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS).

Later, the Minister distributed shields among the foreign