INBAR welcomed its 48th Member State with a flag-raising ceremony at its Beijing Headquarters.
On 10 November, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR) hosted a flag-raising ceremony for its newest Member State: the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
INBAR is an intergovernmental organisation which promotes the use of bamboo and rattan for sustainable development. It is made up of Member States from around the world. Pakistan officially joined INBAR on 1 July 2021, becoming INBAR’s 48th Member State and 16th in the Asia-Pacific region.Speaking at the flag-raising ceremony, His Excellency Mr. Moin ul Haque, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to China, said of bamboo: “It is difficult to imagine any other crop with such diverse uses for humankind. Bamboo is employed as a food item, an important construction material, for making musical instruments, paper and pulp, and many other uses… Bamboo’s wider application across many industries is helping to protect precious timber resources from depletion.”
He also expressed his hope that bamboo and rattan could become key parts of Pakistan’s sustainable development, as part of initiatives such as the country’s ‘Ten Billion Tree Tsunami’ project.
Bamboo, the fast-growing grass plant, and rattan, the spiky climbing palm, can be important nature-based solutions to a number of pressing global challenges, as a means of livelihood in rural areas, and a low-carbon, biobased material to create a range of products. Bamboo in particular is also a popular plant for restoring degraded land and preventing desertification.
On behalf of INBAR Member States, His Excellency Mr. Martin Mpana, Ambassador of the Republic of Cameroon to China, said he was “truly delighted to have Pakistan in the INBAR family… We believe that Pakistan’s membership will benefit us all and we look forward to working together [to] better understand and use these non-timber resources.”
A number of high-level representatives from the government of China, where INBAR Headquarters is based, also spoke at the flag-raising ceremony. Mr. Huang Yiyang, Deputy Director General for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Economic Affairs, and Mr. Peng Youdong, Deputy Administrator of the National Forestry and Grassland Administration of China, both welcomed Pakistan to the INBAR network.
Pakistan has a long relationship in INBAR, and was an Observer at the organisation’s formal establishment back in 1997. In her speech, Professor Jiang Zehui, the Co-Chair of INBAR’s Board of Trustees, told participants that she had met with His Excellency Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan, in 2019, and that His Excellency Mr. Moin ul Haque had subsequently visited INBAR Headquarters in 2020. Another delegation of spouses and staff from the Embassy, led by His Excellency Mr. Moin’s wife Mrs. Farah Moin, visited in January 2021.
The event was attended by representatives from various INBAR Member States and Observer States: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Jamaica, Kenya, Malaysia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Venezuela, and Viet Nam.
For more information, please contact: cking [at] inbar [dot] int