The President was talking to Dr. Wan Gang, Chinese Minister for Science & Technology who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, Islamabad on Saturday. Rana Tanveer Hussain, Minister for Science and Technology, Chinese Ambassador Sun Weidong and senior officials were also present in the meeting.
The President said that bilateral cooperation in the field of Science & Technology is progressing well and hoped that the decisions taken during this visit will further enhance our cooperation in this important area. We are also interested in benefitting from China’s ambitious China-South Asian Countries Science and Technology Partnership Programme (CSA-STEP) and enhance our economic cooperation through Technology Transfer, stated the President.
The President noted with satisfaction that 17 protocols have been concluded so far in accordance with the Framework Agreement on Science and Technology signed between the two countries in 1976 and the 18th Protocol is being signed during this visit.
The President said that Pakistan and China are ‘Iron Brothers’, strategic partners and good neighbors. He added that friendship with China is the cornerstone of our foreign policy and our strategic partnership serves as an anchor for regional peace and stability. He emphasized to maintain the momentum of high-level bilateral exchanges and enhance people-to-people interaction.
The President underscored that China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the latest example of our excellent economic cooperation. Scientific knowledge and technology can bring value addition to CPEC projects. We are keen to incorporate this knowledge in our industry for value addition of local raw materials and finished products. The President stated that Pakistan would continue to focus on further enhancing trade relations with China to bring them at par with bilateral political and strategic relations.
The Chinese Minister for Science and Technology said that China and Pakistan have a long history of working together in various fields including science and Technology. He offered to Cooperate in all sectors where Pakistan needs Chinese support including Maritime industry, Biodiversity, renewable energy, establishment of joint scientific labs for the young scientists and working together for the climate change for benefit of entire humanity.