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Hamid stresses need of technological advancement to bring socio-economic development in country

June 13, 2014

Federal Minister for Science and Technology Zahid Hamid has stressed upon the need of development in Science and Technology saying that the socio-economic development of a country depend upon its scientific and technological base and capacity.

He was addressing the inaugural session of one day National Workshop on Stakeholders Consultation on Science & Technology Strategy 2014-2018 and launching of Technology Foresight Reports here on Thursday.

The minister also mentioned the manifesto of the incumbent government of PML-N in which S&T sector had been placed at prominent position and hoped that the new S&T strategy 2014-2018 would aim at rapid development of human resources besides providing employment to youth.

Giving the example of China, the minister said 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 stressed upon the establishment of strong linkages among the research institutes, academia and entrepreneurs to reorient Research and Development towards market requirements leading to national socio economic development.

Hamid lauded the initiative taken by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (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 with the help of various think tanks.

Speaking at the occasion, Chairperson PCST Prof. Dr. Mudassir Asrar, the organizer of the workshop, thanked to the experts, especially the renowned Scientists, Rectors and Vice Chancellors who participated in the workshop from all over the country.

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.

Many participants expressed concerns over the financial crunch in the S&T sector which is only 0.5% of the GDP and emphasized the need to enhance this allocation so that the STI policy could be implemented in true spirit.

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Source: Daily Patriot (Pakistan)