Energy: study tour in Italy for a delegation from Pakistan, the visit to ENEA Research Center


UNIDO-ITPO Italy and Dr. Muhammad Alamgir Chaudhry, CEO of SMEDA organized a study tour this month in Italy for a Delegation from Pakistan to meet the major institutions and Italian companies and to evaluate future opportunities for cooperation with particular attention to the topic of renewable energies.

Established in October 1998 to take on the challenge of developing Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Pakistan, SMEDA is the premier institution of the Government of Pakistan under the Ministry of Industries & Production. Its main  focus is on providing and enabling environment and business development services to small and medium enterprises. SMEDA is not only an SME policy-advisory body for the government of Pakistan but also facilitates other stakeholders in addressing their SME development agendas.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization has established an Investment Promotion Unit (IPU) in the Pakistani city of Lahore and resumed its activity in SMEDA, as agreed between the Governments of Italy and Pakistan.

The joint UNIDO-SMEDA-Italy Programme, financed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Italian Development Cooperation and implemented by UNIDO, is aimed at increasing the number of industrial projects implemented in Pakistan through business-oriented cooperation with foreign partners, particularly from Italy.

In this framework, the Pakistani delegation visited the ENEA laboratories in Casaccia and particular interest was shown towards ENEA activities on Concentrated Solar Power technology, bioenergy and biofuels, and nanotechonology, with a special eye on possible applications to and partnerships with Pakistani SMEs.

The Pakistan Trade & Investment Forum, to be held in Rome on the 5th of April 2016 and hosted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will give ENEA, UNIDO-ITPO and SMEDA further opportunities to follow up on future exchanges in common areas of interest.

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Paola Cicchetti,
Vittoria Peri,

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