Partnership in Science, Research, Development critical for CPEC success : Ahsan Iqbal

ISLAMABAD, Aug 3 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal said that scientific collaboration and sharing of Knowledge, research and ideas between Pakistan and China is critical for success of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and further boost the historic bilateral cordial relations.

The Minister proposed that we need to undertake joint projects for studying mountains and coastal areas of Pakistan, said in statement issued by Ministry of Planing, Development and Reforms here on Wednesday.

He expressed these views during a meeting with Chinese delegation of Academy of Sciences to have partnership in research on natural hazards like landslides, floods, debris flows and earthquake between Pakistan and China under CPEC.

While mentioning agreement between Pakistan and China in space technology, he said that bilateral cooperation between the two countries in space domain would open new vistas of socio- economic and scientific cooperation.

The Minister directed Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Higher Education Commission to co-operate with the Chinese Science Academy and organize joint workshops on scientific research under CPEC.

Ahsan Iqbal said. “CPEC will take this friendship higher than Himalayas to higher than stars.”

He said that Cooperation between China and Pakistan is not an ordinary one but we also have iron brothers relations.
He said that we need to develop a very comprehensive roadmap of cooperation in science and technology sectors between Pakistan and China.

The Minister said that cooperation between Pakistan and China is materializing in the form of solid projects which will add new colors in our friendship.

He said that regional and economic integration is very significant for the success of the CPEC projects.

He said that the success of CPEC depends on business to business and people to people contacts of both the countries.

CPEC project is the fusion of Pakistan Vision 2025 and China One belt One Road Vision which will benefit 3 billion people of the region, he added.

The Minister said that CPEC offers a broad partnership in different areas between the two countries.

There is a need to learn from the development of China, and “We should adopt its model of development how it successfully blended stability, development and reforms,” he said.