COMSTECH vows to extend benefits of Chinese cooperation to Muslim countries

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Staff Reporter

Coordinator-General, COMSTECH, Dr. Iqbal Muhammad Choudhary vowed to extend benefits of Chinese cooperation in various sectors in Pakistan to the other Muslim countries through the platform of COMSTECH.

China has been cooperating with Pakistan in different fields of life whether it is virology or vaccine development or biomedical devices.

“There were so many fields in which COMSTECH can benefit from Chinese expertise and help Muslim countries to develop their capacity in these futuristic endeavours.

From the platform of COMSTECH, we would like these benefits of Chinese cooperation spread to the other Muslim countries”, he said in an interview with media on Thursday.

He said 70th Anniversary of Pak China cooperation and diplomatic ties is a historical moment in the history of Pakistan and China as they have been extremely closed and worked together to the benefit of people of both the countries since long.

Dr. Choudhary said China has been a great friend of Pakistan and right from the beginning both countries have cooperated in every front of development from economic to trade, from technology to education and tourism.

“Every kind of aspect of development has been covered under Pak-China cooperation”, he said.

He mentioned that in the field of education, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi which is also a UNESCO Center has a history of working together with the Chinese institutions since 1970s.

Initially, our collaboration was with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai Institute of America and we have developed cooperation with many institutions including Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, Xingjian and Wuhan as a result of which we have been able to establish Sino-Pakistan Centers in Pakistan.

Therefore; this cooperation has been extremely productive both in terms of capacity building and also working on projects of mutual interest, he said.

Dr. Choudhary mentioned, “We have worked in the field of virology, traditional Chinese medicines, medicinal plant and hybrid rice.

One example of very successful cooperation is in the field of traditional Chinese medicine is when one of our institutes in Pakistan was able to conduct many clinical trials on traditional Chinese medicines especially in the context of COVID-19”.

“We have also conducted vaccine clinical trials for Sinopharm and are in process to establish contacts with industries in China with more emphasis on high technology and on technologies which can benefit and value add our natural resources”, he said.

“We greatly value the Chinese cooperation in every sector which has developed a lot of professional and personal contacts.

We consider China as one of the greatest friends of Pakistan and feel that Pak-China cooperation will continue in future and benefit not only the people of two countries but also to the people of world at large”, he observed.

He said that cooperation with China has also been very productive when it comes to COMSTECH which is a standing committee for Science and Technology of the Ministers of 57 Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) member states and we have a large portfolio of various projects.

“We are in a process of establishing contacts with the Chinese institutions as China offers both bilateral and multilateral cooperation”, he said.

Dr. Choudhary said “We thank our colleagues and friends in China for their constant cooperation and sustained support for people of Pakistan and we look forward to have this cooperation for many years to come”.