Pakistani and French natural history museums have agreed to promote research between the two countries.
Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Chairman Dr Khalil Ahmed Ibupoto and French National Museum of Natural History Director General Thomas Grenon signed a memorandum of understanding at PSF on Wednesday.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid and Ambassador of France Philippe Thiebaud were the witnesses.
The ministry’s additional secretary Tahir Maqsood and Pakistan Museum of Natural History (PMNH) Director General Dr Muhammad Khan Leghari were also present on the occasion.
Hamid commended the role of PMNH towards highlighting the issues and challenges regarding natural resources, biodiversity and environment.
He said the platform created by this MoU will further enhance the exchange of ideas and research between scientists of France and Pakistan. “Hand in hand, I am sure we will be able to create synergy and sparkle off innovative ideas in Museology, sowing the seeds that one day will bring forth long-term benefits to both places,” said the minister. He also appreciated efforts of PSF for arranging such activities.
The French ambassador said this is an important collaboration to create a dynamic research between both institutes. “I am glad that during the last few years, several joint projects on education and travelling exhibitions between the French Government were completed with the support of PSF and the science and technology ministry in various areas of Pakistan,” he said.
The ambassador said the MoU will have a long lasting impact in promoting and enhancing cultural exchange between the two countries.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2014.