ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari has directed the government to work with China and other countries for transfer and management of solar power technology in a bid to strengthen the countrys energy base by tapping alternative resources. The President directed the relevant ministries during a meeting at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Tuesday, to vehemently follow up the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with China and other countries for transfer and management of solar technology. According to an official handout, the President also ordered launching of a pilot project for solar cookers and solar water heaters in the selective areas of the country and devise an easy financing scheme for providing it to the needy and the poor in off-grid areas. The President directed to mobilise state resources to develop energy base of the country in order to overcome the energy shortage that is adversely affecting socio-economic development of the country. Being an energy deficient country, all the available sources must be utilised effectively to augment the existing capacity so that our reliance on conventional sources could be reduced, the handout quoted the President as saying. Earlier, Chief Executive Officer Alternate Energy Sources Arif Allauddin said during his presentation that manually charged devices and solar energy systems were the most suitable technology options for provision of energy services to remote, off-grid locations in places like NWFP and Balochistan, which could be used for lighting, heating, cooking and water-pumping etc. He said that solar was the fastest growing energy technology in the world. As a result, price for producing energy through solar was on a continuous decline. Countries like India, China, USA, Spain, Turkey, Germany and the rest of EU are relying on solar energy for meeting their future energy needs. AEDB informed the meeting that World Bank was assisting the Board in developing Agricultural Solar Water Pumping Programme for Pakistan. AEDB has also signed two MoUs with leading Chinese companies on solar power generation and other two are in pipeline.