Islamabad, 10 December 2021 (TDI): Two prestigious institutions of the Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) namely the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) and Pakistan Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (PINSTECH) were visited by Ambassadors and High Commissioners of four African states including Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, and Tunisia.
The Chairman of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), Mr. Mohammad Naeem (HI, SI) received the African diplomats and briefed them about multiple initiatives of PAEC and the broad range of activities that are being undertaken by PAEC to promote the use of nuclear science and technology and enhance its scope for the better survival of mankind and environment.
He further mentioned that the “Atoms for Sustainable Development” approach of the PAEC is actively extending the dimensions and scope of the use of science and technology for the social and economic uplift of the state and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the urgent level.
The envoys visited various laboratories, worldly recognized libraries, and state-of-the-art facilities at the two institutions of PAEC and applauded the high level of workforce and working patterns of the institutions.
The Chairman PAEC also hoped to extend savvy diplomacy through potential research, technical assistance, and collaboration-related partnership with Africa.
Additionally, he highlighted that multidimensional study programs to students beyond the borders are being offered by PIEAS as it is a collaborating center of IAEA and maintains high standards on educational grounds.
The official visit was an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under Science Diplomacy in a collaboration with other stakeholders and partners.
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The Chairman has highlighted the need to transform the existing trends in the fields of Science and Technology by increasing the scientific cooperation with African states to attain SDGs.
With the increasing inclination of the world towards digitalization, he added, developing states need to collaborate to develop successful models for the better survival of the next generation.