U.S. and Pakistan Collaborate on Science and Technology

Posted by Kerri-Ann Jones
June 21, 2010
Assistant Secretary Jones Attends Science and Technology Working Group in Islamabad, Pakistan

About the Author: Kerri-Ann Jones serves as Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

As part of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue initiated in March by U.S. Secretary of State Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Qureshi, I recently led the U.S. delegation to the Science and Technology Working Group in Islamabad, June 8-9. The two-day meetings discussed three areas where our two governments could increase collaboration: enhanced science and technology cooperation, enabling the science and technology enterprise, and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship.

It was encouraging to hear the Working Group specifically agree on building upon ongoing joint research and ways to highlight new knowledge that can improve social conditions and enhance economic opportunities. Working Group members also agreed to explore building the capacity of academic institutions and transferring technology from the lab to the private sector, while emphasizing the need to share successful models of innovation and entrepreneurship.

One of the most memorable experiences during my visit was attending an exhibition featuring 38 Science and Technology research projects funded through the Pakistan-U.S. Science and Technology Cooperation Program. I also had the privilege of visiting Pakistan's National University of Science and Technology, where I met with researchers who are conducting studies on climate change, finding innovative ways to use telemedicine to improve disease surveillance networks, and designing improved search engines.

The Science and Technology Working Group meeting was the first of the 13 Strategic Dialogue Working Group sessions taking place this month in Pakistan. Other Working Group topics include: law enforcement, energy, water, economics and finance, market access, defense, health, women's issues, and agriculture. I am inspired and encouraged by our Science and Technology discussions as they are addressing some of the most pressing environment, science, technology, and health issues facing Pakistan today, and building strong partnerships between our Science and Technology communities. The U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue represents the shared commitment of both nations to strengthening the bilateral relationship and building an even broader partnership based on mutual respect and mutual trust.



United States
June 21, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

The Pakistani delegation and their wives should be invited to the Las Vegas Computer trade show. They would love it. Give them a really fun time. Take the wives on a shopping trip to the retail outlet mall and a concert with Mr. Las Vegas. Trade and partnership the Great American way.

Pamela G.
West Virginia, USA
June 22, 2010

Pamela G. in West Virginia writes:

I hope this discussion between the two countries,can change from war. The need for these technological advances is what we need to concentrate on not weapons.

Edward S.
New Mexico, USA
June 22, 2010

Edward S. in New Mexico writes:

With such powerful minds as the Pakistan people, where will this lead the whole front to build a more technological future, where even people of age can excel in mathamatics, technology and a world of peace without the judgements of super brains keeping people uneducated for profit.

Riaz H.
California, USA
June 26, 2010

Riaz H. in California writes:

It's good to see attention shifting from purely political and military affairs to talking about science and technology cooperation between US and Pakistan.

These talks need to quickly move from government officials to scientists and technologists in the private sector and the academia, with clear focus on solving the biggest issues of energy, water management, forensic science, design for extreme affordability and human development tools and technologies.


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