Brussels, 8 July 2023 (TDI): Pakistani Ambassador met with Deputy Director-General Signe Ratso for Research and Innovation of the European Commission on July 7, to foster and strengthen scientific research collaborations between Pakistan and the European Union (EU).

The meeting aimed to explore opportunities for scientific engagement and promote Science Diplomacy between Pakistan and the EU.

Ambassador Amna Baloch and DDG Signe Ratso had a productive discussion focusing on important matters such as promoting dialogue between institutions and facilitating connections among scientific diasporas.

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The meeting emphasized Horizon Europe’s significance as the EU’s research and innovation program. Ambassador Baloch and DDG Ratso acknowledged its potential to fund projects addressing global challenges and sustainable development.


Through the joint utilization of resources and expertise, this partnership aims to tackle global challenges and drive scientific and technological progress.

These challenges include but are not limited to climate change mitigation and adaptation, sustainable development, public health crises, food security, water scarcity, and the digital divide.

By combining efforts, both sides seek to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of knowledge, additionally addressing pressing issues on a global scale.

Research Collaborations between Pakistan and the Horizon Europe

Pakistan’s active engagement in the Horizon 2020 program since 2014 has led to transformative outcomes, revolutionizing the research and innovation landscape within the country and generating significant advantages.

It has enabled Pakistani researchers and institutions to engage in joint projects and collaborate with European counterparts. Key research areas that have thrived under Horizon 2020 include health, energy, water, ICT, and agriculture.

Involvement in Horizon 2020 has supported Pakistan’s goal of strengthening its knowledge, economy and enhancing its global research competitiveness.

As Horizon Europe takes over, the future holds great promise for continued funding and innovative collaborations between Pakistan and the EU.

This transition presents new opportunities to address global challenges, drive scientific and technological progress, and foster mutual growth and development.