PR No. 209 Islamabad: June 29, 2016.

Minister of State for Water and Power Mr. Abid Sher Ali has said that sustainable development will only happen if poverty is tackled and the environment is protected. The Minister of State made these remarks during the G-20 Conference on Energy Access being held in Beijing from 29-30 June 2016. Mr. 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.


In his speech, Mr. Abid Sher Ali highlighted the importance of access to energy and sustainable development as a main challenge for developing countries. He stated that rapid expansion of clean and sustainable energy offers a win-win solution for the poor and the environment. Growth of renewable energy is necessary to provide energy services and to create the economies of scale necessary for global expansion of renewable energy.


The Minister of State 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.