The second encounter of the Pakistan-China Joint Working Group (JWG) on Science and Technology under the Joint Cooperation Committee (JCC) of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) was held via video link on Wednesday afternoon to talk about cooperation in science and technology.

The meeting was co-chaired by Humaira Ahmed, Federal Secretary for the Ministry of Science and Technology, and Dai Gang, Director-General of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.

The JWG meeting demonstrated that China and Pakistan are all-weather judicious partners and that China and Pakistan will work together to strengthen collaboration in Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), and anticipate sci-tech support for the evolution of CPEC.

Both sides reasserted the significance of STI coordination as a central pillar for the social and economic development of both countries. The Executive Director of CPEC Authority appreciated the progress of CEPC and expressed hope that the deliberations of the meeting will result in the initiation of some projects in the area of Science and Technology.

The JWG acknowledged achievements made by the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Higher Education Commission (HEC) in jointly building the China-Pakistan Joint Research Center on Earth Sciences at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad.

Furthermore, it commended outcomes achieved by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) and Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) through cooperation in STEM education, China-Pakistan Knowledge Corridor, people-to-people exchanges, and cooperation in science and technology.

It also appreciated the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) and Chinese Association of Science and Technology (CAST) on the progress of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) for mutual recognition of engineers.

The JWG decided to support the Special Technology Zone Authority (STZA) in the development of Special Technology Zones across Pakistan and also support other programs related to the development of the knowledge ecosystem, such as training and capacity building of policy-makers on STI, incubation programs, and knowledge exchange events

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