In an effort to strengthen links between their respective scientific and technological communities, the United States and Pakistan signed a five-year extension of the U.S.-Pakistan Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement on Tuesday.
The agreement also aims to advance cooperative science and technology for non-violent ends.
The signing event was observed by Jason Donovan, Director of the US State Department’s Office of Science and Technology Cooperation in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES/STC), as well as Masood Khan, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US.
The documents were exchanged by Michelle Sheckells, representing the U.S. State Department, and Muhammad Saad Ahmed, representing the Government of Pakistan.
Purpose of Agreement:
The agreement’s goals are:
- To increase the parties’ capacity for science, technology, and engineering,
- To foster peaceful scientific and technological cooperation,
- To deepen and widen the ties between the vast scientific and technological communities in both nations.
As per the agreement, the parties will collaborate by means of exchanging scientific and technical data, hosting joint seminars and meetings, training scientists and technical experts, conducting joint research projects, establishing science-based public-private partnerships, conducting educational exchanges pertaining to science, technology, and engineering, and engaging in other forms of scientific and technological cooperation.
Together, the two parties will create science-based public-private partnerships and support more avenues for technical and scientific collaboration.
The agreement, which was signed on June 25, 2003, has been renewed every five years.