Pakistan-Belarus to enhance cooperation in Science & Technology

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Pakistan-Belarus Joint Commission on Science and Technology (JCST) Thursday agreed to enhance cooperation between the two countries for promotion of the sector for mutual benefits.

The Second meeting of Pakistan-Belarus JCST held in Islamabad at Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR), according to a press release.

Vice Chairman – JCST and Head of the Department of Science & Innovation Activities, Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus, Viktor Volosalikov led the Belarusian delegation. Chairman PCSIR Dr. Shahzad Alam, presided over the meeting as Co-chair from Pakistan side.

The JCST reviewed the progress of the decisions made during 1st JCST’s meeting held in August 2015 in Minsk, Belarus.

The Joint Commission discussed and adopted the statutes for the establishment of the Belarus-Pakistan Joint Centre for Science & Technology Cooperation.

It is pertinent to highlight that the said centre is going to be established at PCSIR Head Office here which will be formally operational in October, 2016.

During the forthcoming visit of the Belarusian President, opening ceremony of the centre is being planned.

Discussions were also held regarding cooperation between Pakistan National Accreditation Council (PNAC) and its Belarusian counterpart in the field of Accreditation.

In the meanwhile, an action plan for implementation of MoU signed earlier between Pakistan Standards & Quality Control Authority (PSQCA) and Belarus State Committee for Standardization (SCS) was also discussed.

The JCST also had a brief in the bilateral R&D projects that were conceived as follow-up of the 1st JCST meeting. The JCST accorded its approval to go-ahead for implementing these projects.

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