UNIDO grants five awards to Pakistani innovators

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Our Correspondent December 28, 2017

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) granted five awards to the most promising Pakistani innovators in the field of clean technologies under its Global Cleantech Innovation Programme (GCIP).

An awards distribution ceremony was held in Islamabad to appreciate the contributions of the most promising Pakistani innovators, said a press release.

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GCIP granted five awards under different categories this year. The first prize went to team ‘Modulus Tech’ who innovated a new design of low cost, energy efficient houses.

The runner up was team ‘Biotech’ that made a dual function solar system for rural areas, which can run water pumps and flour mills.

The award for the most promising team led by a woman was given by the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) to ‘Aerosync’ who had come up with an idea for an innovative solar power cart for roadside street vendors.

Another winner was ‘Crean’ which introduced the technology for utilising and regenerating old batteries.

Addressing the ceremony, Federal Secretary for Climate Syed Abu Ahmed Akif stressed the importance of clean technology innovations in mitigating the harmful effects caused by climate change.

While reiterating his ministry’s continued support to this , he appreciated the work of UNIDO, GEF and its local partners in organising the GCIP.

“The annual competition fosters green entrepreneurship and supports marketable solutions that address the most pressing global environmental challenges,” he said.

ICCI President Sheikh Amir Waheed strongly encouraged the local and international investors to become front runners in clean technology investments in Pakistan.

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He emphasised that investors should partner with innovators in commercialisation of their brilliant ideas and facilitate them in introducing innovative products in the market.

UNIDO Country Representative Nadia Aftab said she shares UNIDO’s vision on energy and environment in promoting clean technologies.

The GCIP Project Manager from UNIDO Alois Mhlanga also appreciated the achievements of GCIP in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 28h, 2017.

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