Australia may export uranium to Pakistan, but before it can get to do that, Australian High Commissioner, Peter Heyward, says that Australia wants an assurance on nuclear capability not being used for any other purpose, especially not military, except for fulfilling domestic energy needs. On a recent visit to Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), the Australian High Commissioner discussed about how Pakistan can also look to other sources of energy like wind, solar, bio-mass besides many others where Australia can assist Pakistan.
The developed nations are now also beginning to think to switch gears toward using alternative energy sources which are both economically viable and environmentally safe choices. Pakistan should also look toward these sources of energy which can easily avail. There are multiple natural resources that Pakistan can itself utilise, but what it lacks is the technology to bring all that into any useful productivity. This is where Australian High Commissioner suggests his country can help.
Pakistan is converting furnace and gas plants to coal and Australia has expertise in this field. Thus, there are areas of bilateral trade cooperation that requires technological expertise, like energy, steel, corporate farming and mineral development. According to KCCI’s President, Mian Abrar Ahmad, Pakistan must focus on civil nuclear capability to fulfill energy needs. Thus, a request for joint venture between Australia and Pakistan was put forward in importing iron ore and coke for Pakistan to enhance corporate farming. If Pakistan uses its full potential, it can progress economically without any foreign aid.
To play its role, KCCI is establishing trade and economic cooperation forums like joint chambers of commerce bilaterally between Afghanistan, India, Czech Republic and others. Building many such bilateral forums will bring business communities together and facilitate trade and development.