Partnership in science, research and development critical for CPEC success: Ahsan Iqbal

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ISLAMABAD, Aug 03(APP): Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reform Ahsan Iqbal Wednesday 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) to further boost the historic bilateral cordial relations.
The Minister expressed these views during a meeting with Chinese delegation of Academy of Sciences having partnership in research on natural hazards between Pakistan and China under CPEC.
The Minister proposed that we need to undertake joint projects for studying mountains and coastal areas of Pakistan.
About the agreement between Pakistan and China in space technology, he said that bilateral cooperation in space technology will 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 that CPEC will take this friendship from higher than Himalayas to higher than stars. He said that we need to develop a very comprehensive roadmap of cooperation in defence and technology sectors between Pakistan and China.
The Minister said Pak-China cooperation 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’s Vision 2025 and China’s One Belt One Road Vision which will benefit three billion people of the region, he added.
The Minister said that China Pakistan Economic Corridor 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 that how it successfully blended stability, development and reforms, he said.
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