Governments of Pakistan and France signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Thursday to strengthen bilateral scientific cooperation in meteorology. The agreement was inked in Paris. Ambassador of Pakistan to France Moinul Haque and Meteo France Chief Executive Officer of Jean-Marc Lacave signed the agreement on behalf of the two countries.
According to the agreement, there will be greater cooperation between the two countries to improve Pakistan’s weather forecasting system, develop capacity for early warnings and monitor weather services for protection of life, property and the environment.
A press release issued after the agreement was signed says the MoU includes the design and implementation of a special project to develop Pakistan Meteorological Department’s sectoral meteorological and climate services. There will also be cooperation in the application of science of meteorology to socio-economic development. This comprises a special focus on wind and solar power and establishment of a national climate center.
Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Moinul Haque said both countries would benefit from each other’s expertise through information sharing, exchange of scientific and technical personnels as well as by knowledge transfer, joint studies and research on subjects of mutual interest.
France has also agreed to finance energy projects in Pakistan and will be providing 165 million euros for that purpose. Energy projects include Power Transmission Enhancement Investment Tranche-IV and Mangla Power Plant Rehabilitation Project. Funding will be provided by the French Development Agency.
Officials present at the ceremony included Meteo France President Patrick Benichou, International Relations Director Bernard Strauss and head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs of the Embassy of France in Pakistan.
The agreement was also signed in Islamabad with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar present at the occasion.