PCJCCI president stresses involvement of technology

Says plans must materialise to form specialised science and technology parks

Our Correspondent December 27, 2016

LAHORE: Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Wang Zihai said that the Chinese model of indulging academics and technocrats in production facilities should be adopted in Pakistan to create more competitive and research-backed products.

This was said during a meeting with five-member Chinese delegation from Jinan technology University China.

Proactive suggestions and proposals were shared during the meeting in which both parties professed international cooperation as a fundamental component for learning globally recognised best practices.

Wang informed that from the platform of PCJCCI, we are contemplating to enter into partnerships with international technology leaders for providing opportunities to young scholars to generate fresh innovative startups.

In this regard China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) will help achieve Pakistan’s knowledge economy goals, additionally, Pakistan’s image internationally has to be improved so that more international partners are ready to visit and invest in Pakistan, stressed Wang.

He further said that the plans to form specialised science and technology parks are much needed for the waning digital divide between China and Pakistan. He suggested that such parks could be formed in Pakistan with the cooperation of Chinese technology universities and innovative technology leaders.

The head of the delegation Zhang Shoufeng said that the purpose of their visit is also to extend bilateral relations with Pakistan beyond manufacturing to the knowledge sharing.

He suggested that to achieve the desired goals in innovation and technology, the Pakistani government must focus on improving the quality of research being conducted in the existing universities by providing them higher resources and expanding their ambit.

It was jointly agreed that efforts should be made to outline strategic goals where fresh graduates and researchers could also contribute in value addition of the commodities being produced in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 27th, 2016.

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