Second China-Pakistan non-wood Forest Science Conference held in Gwadar.

The second conference on the exploration of cooperation in science and technology exchange for tropical arid non-wood forests between China and Pakistan was held online in Gwadar.

The theme of the second conference was on highly efficient water and soil conversion plants. Two research fellows, Ms Razia Junaid and Ms Misbah Amin presented their research papers. Pakistani delegation consisting of professors of Faisalabad and Karachi universities participated online, while other dignitaries consisting of Chairman COPHC Zhang Baozhong, Chancellor Indus University Khalid Amin and senior officials from Chinese Embassy and Karachi Consulate took part through video link.

Indus University, University of Karachi and Faisalabad University of Agriculture in collaboration with China’s Central South University of Forestry and Technology and China Overseas Ports Holding Company have jointly established the Belt and Road Scientific Research Laboratory in Gwadar Free Zone. The conference is a sustainable research cooperation program between Pakistani and Chinese academic and research institutions.

The Scientific Research Laboratory has taken remarkable steps to promote the agricultural development of Gwadar and Balochistan. Scientific research on xerophytes has been conducted. Using the modernized sophisticated tissue culture and cloning techniques many varieties of bananas, jujube and fig plants have been grown in Gwadar green house.