First China-Pakistan Seminar on Science & Technology Enterprises Cooperation held in Beijing on May 9. The Zhongguancun Belt and Road Industrial Promotion Association (ZBRA) and the Embassy of Pakistan in China co-hosted the seminar where 30 plus public and private organizations participated.
Khan Muhammad Wazir, Science and Technology Counsellor at the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing, presented Pakistan’s need for scientific and technological cooperation through the modernization of industry by using technology and innovation, biodiversity and climate change, and disaster mitigation and prevention.
He pointed out that there is great potential for scientific and technological cooperation between China and Pakistan in diverse fields such as emerging technologies, advanced and new materials, green energy technologies, digital economy, smart cities, minerals and natural resources, and modernization of agriculture through technology.
He further stated that Pakistan needs food processing technologies, herbal medicines, ocean sciences, transport and highway technologies, space sciences, aeronautics and aerospace, medical technologies, drug discovery, and vaccine development on the fast track.
“The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) are focusing on promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, encouraging people-to-people exchanges, establishing joint research laboratories, cooperating on the establishment of technology and hi-tech parks, facilitating technology transfer initiatives, promoting quality scientific research in new and high-tech, enhancing innovation capacity through joint R&D, establishing institutional linkages, initiating cooperation on STEM education and science popularization, and establishing an international think tank for S&T and economic development,” he added.
Khan Muhammad proposed that a coordination committee comprising representatives from ZBRA, the Pakistan Embassy in Beijing, MOST China, MoST Pakistan, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and STZA, etc. needs to be jointly constituted to operate the China-Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperation Center located in Beijing.
Zhang Xiaodong, the President of ZBRA, introduced the construction of the China-Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperation Center. He shared that the objectives of the Center are to build a bridge between China-Pakistan youth innovation and entrepreneurship.
He informed that under the framework of CPEC, the Center will prepare a cooperation plan for China-Pakistan science and technology enterprises, dock the development needs of artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computing, financial technology, biotechnology, agriculture, and other fields, gather innovative elements and financial resources, and serve Chinese technology enterprises to develop in Pakistan.
Representatives of participating institutions, both public and private, delivered presentations and expressed their willingness to cooperate with Pakistan in their respective areas. They agreed to hold separate meetings with ZBRA and the Embassy of Pakistan for practical cooperation.
It is to be noted that the Seminar proposed that the 2nd international Seminar of the China-Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperation Center will be held in Pakistan at the end of this year or early next year.