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Sino-COMSTECH cooperation for S&T Capacity Building

Islamabad, 19 July, 2023 (GNP): Coordinator General COMSTECH, Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary visited China during July 12 to 18, 2023 as the coordinator of a four-member COMSTECH-Pakistan joint delegation.

This was a joint delegation of COMSTECH and the ministry of health, Sindh. Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho, Provincial Minister, Department of Health & Population Welfare, Government of Sindh and Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Coordinator General COMSTECH, along with other officials were the part of the delegation.

Prof. Choudhary said that during the visit, along with bilateral cooperation and COMSTECH-Sino cooperation in the field of healthcare, traditional medicines, nutrition, drug discovery and development for health, it was decided in the meeting with the higher representatives of the ministry of health of China that “Sino-COMSTECH International Forum on Food and Nutrition” will be held in Islamabad early next year.

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Prof. Choudhary mentioned that there was a decision that Hunan University of Chinese Medicine will offer 10-20 fellowships for technicians and technologists training in different fields of scientific research and disease diagnosis. He said that they will also offer 4-6 Post-doc positions for the researchers of OIC member states. This Sino-COMSTECH S&T capacity building program will soon be launched.

Prof. Choudhary further mentioned that this was also decided that a project will be initiated to assess the nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating mothers and new born babies in order to develop complementary food as nutritious supplements for their health.

The COMSTECH-Pakistan joint delegation participated in health dialogues with Chinese health ministry, hospitals, institutions, and enterprises for exploring more possibilities of cooperation between China, Pakistan, and COMSTECH member states in the fields of health and medicine.

While addressing the seminar on “Sino-Pak traditional medicine collaboration to safeguard human health”, Prof. Choudhary, emphasized the significance of promoting traditional medicine in the OIC world of 1.8 billion people on 4 continents.

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He added that the OIC world faces a host of security and development challenges, as well as menace of violent extremism. He said in addition to national efforts, there is a need for developing partnerships between the most STI influential countries including China, for collective development.

During the visit two institutions, Beijing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Capital Medical University and Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS), recognizing the contribution of Prof. Choudhary to the field of medicine, granted him visiting professorship