30 September 2002 – Pakistan and China on Thursday signed two Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to cooperate in producing electricity through renewable energy resources.
It was agreed that Chinese government would extend financial and technical assistance to Pakistan for the development of windmills and solar technology. The MoUs were signed by the Director General, Pakistan Council of Renewable Energy Technology, Dr Ishtiaq Qazi, and representatives of Chinese Academy of Agriculture Mechanism Sciences [CAAMS]) and Beijing Solar Energy Research Institute.
According to the information received in Islamabad that under the MoUs, the Chinese side would install 100 winds turbines of various watts in the coastal areas of Pakistan. They would also help in indigenous manufacturing of turbines, through gradual transfer of technology. Pakistan would provide necessary infrastructure to install turbines. Both sides would also undertake joint ventures at an appropriate time not only to meet the country’s requirements through renewable energy resources but also to export the technology to other countries.
The MoUs provide that CAAMS would help Pakistan in development of solar energy technology and its equipment. China has developed a most powerful wind-power system for producing electricity, said the Vice President, Xinjang International Economic Co-operation, Dong Fei Lin.