France supports green energy development in Pakistan

French ambassador Martine DORANCE and European Union envoy Jean-François CAUTAIN visited the construction site of the national Hydropower Training Institute (HPTI) in Mangla and participated to the corner stone ceremony hosted by WAPDA’s member Water, Mr. Nasir Hanif.

France and EU through the French Agency for Development (AFD) have provided the Government of Pakistan with a 4 million euros funding. The grant of 2.5 million Euros was delegated to the AFD by the European Union as part of the Asia Investment Facility. In addition to the EU grant, the French Agency for Development has provided additional funding of 1.5 million Euros for the successful and timely completion of the project.

Upon its completion by end of 2018, the hydropower training center will contribute to the capacity-building of public and private hydropower operators like WADPA, provincial operators and independent power producers. It will ensure a sound and skilled development of hydropower projects by strengthening the capacities of technicians and engineers in charge of designing and operating hydropower plants.

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