The Ambassador visited the Bamboo and Rattan Showroom, and learned more about bamboo’s potential for sustainable development in Pakistan.
On 16 September, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Moin ul Haque, paid a visit to INBAR Headquarters. The Ambassador first visited the Bamboo and Rattan Showroom, to see the many kinds of products which can be made from these plants, and then met with the Co-Chair of INBAR’s Board of Trustees, Professor Jiang Zehui.
Fast-growing, resilient and versatile, bamboo has a lot of potential to contribute to socio-economic growth and environmental protection in Pakistan. In particular, bamboo can play an important role in restoring degraded or deforested land in the country, as part of the new national afforestation campaign which aims to plant 10 billion trees over five years.
In the meeting, Professor Jiang introduced H.E. Mr. Moin ul Haque to bamboo’s properties and uses, and commended Prime Minister Imran Khan’s determination to combat climate change and reforest the country. She also expressed her sincere hope that Pakistan might become an INBAR Member State in coming years.
Writing in the INBAR visitor book, H.E. Mr. Moin ul Haque said that he was “very impressed by the various applications of bamboo and rattan”, and described INBAR as “an important international organisation contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and poverty alleviation efforts…. I do hope that Pakistan can join INBAR in the near future.”