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New globalized world order needs development in science and technology: Minister - Press Note issued by Press Information Department

June 13, 2014



Following is the text of press note issued by Press Information Department (PID)

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This was expressed by Mr. Zahid Hamid, Federal Minister for Science and Technology during the inaugural session of one day National Workshop on Stakeholders' Consultation on S and T Strategy 2014-2018 and launching of Technology Foresight Reports here in Islamabad.

He said that the socio economic development of a country depends upon its scientific and technological base and capacity. Citing the example of China the Minister apprised that the development of science and technology had proved to be one of the major contributing factors to China's spectacular economic growth over the past four decades.

He mentioned the manifesto of the present government in which S and T sector has been placed prominently. The Minister stressed upon the establishment of strong linkages among the research institutes, academia and entrepreneurs with a view to reorient R and D towards market requirements leading to national socio economic development.

He lauded the initiative taken by the PCST to conduct technology foresight exercises in the areas of Agriculture, education, information communication technologies, environment, health, energy, industry, biotechnology, nanotechnology, water and electronics etc, in Pakistan through think tanks, He hoped that the new S and T strategy 2014-2018 would aim at the rapid development of human resources and provision of meaningful employment to growing, young, educated segment of the population.

Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Dr. Mudassir Asrar, Chairperson, Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, the organizer of the workshop, expressed her sincere gratitude to the experts, especially the renowned Scientists, Rectors and Vice Chancellors who participated in the workshop from all over the country. She also thanked the co-organizer UNIDO, for playing their role in the successful organization of the workshop.

She said that the workshop brought together scholars, scientists, researchers and teachers to share ideas and knowledge about various aspects of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy and sought their valuable suggestions for the implementation of the policy.

Mr. Tahir Maqsood, Addl. Secretary, MoST emphasized the need to consult main stakeholders and receive their feedback on the document "Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy 2014-18" before finalizing it. He also highlighted the importance and necessity of Technology Foresight in S and T policy formulating, and national planning.

Many participants expressed concerns over the financial crunch in the S and T sector which is only 0.5% of the GDP. They emphasized the need to enhance this allocation so that the STI policy could be implemented in true spirit. Dr. Mukhtar, Chairman HEC was of the view that only preparation of policy documents is not the solution of the dismal condition of S and T sector.

It is the need of the hour to seriously put the heads together and implement the policy so that the trickledown effect to the poor masses could be observed. The country representative UNIDO, Mr. Esam Alqararh has also thanked the participants and lauded the efforts of PCST for the development of S and T in the country.

It is pertinent to mention that in the workshop, four expert panel reports based on Technology Foresight exercise and a book on Productive Scientists of Pakistan were launched. The progress of outcomes of the Technology Foresight reports being undertaken by PCST was shared with the participants for their views and opinions.

The issues dealing with the Technology Foresight disciplines was highlighted to seek the recommendations from the experts to resolve the same. Suggestions were also sought from the experts about the future Technology Foresight related activities in the county. Further, the ways and means for National and International collaboration were discussed.

For more information, contact:

Haji Ahmed Malik

Principal Information Officer

Press Information Department (PID)

Tel: +9251 925 2323 and +9251 925 2324

Fax: +9251 925 2325 and +9251 925 2326

Email: piopid@gmail.com

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Source: Pakistan Press International


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