President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday signed the Instrument of Ratification for Pakistan to become a member of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).
Spokesperson to the President Senator Farhatullah Babar said that recognizing the advantages of this international forum, Pakistan took active part in the formative phase of IRENA and participated actively in the preparatory meetings that were held before this forum was formally established.
He said that Pakistan signed the Statute of IRENA in June 2009 and became the 87th country to sign the statute.He said the President has continuously been urging for adoption of alternate means of energy generation at the earliest possible in view of the current energy shortage, growing demands of an increasing population, financial constraints and environmental concerns.
The Spokesperson said by becoming a member of IRENA, Pakistan stands to gain significantly.
The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), founded on January 26, 2009 in Bonn, Germany, aims to promote widespread and increased adoption and the sustainable use of all forms of renewable energy.
To-date 149 countries have signed the statute of IRENA while 76 have ratified it.
Copyright APP (Associated Press of Pakistan), 2013