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US, Pak agree to transfer tech from lab to private sector

world Updated: Jun 18, 2010 10:15 IST

The US and Pakistan have agreed to enhance their co-operation in the field of science and technology, including transfer of technology from lab to private sector, and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.

The decisions were taken following a meeting of the US-Pak Science and Technology Working Group meeting in Islamabad, on June 8 and 9, the State Department said in a statement here.

The working group discussed ways to promote innovation and entrepreneurship and attended an exhibition of research projects funded through the Pakistan-US S&T Cooperation Programme.

It also agreed to build upon the ongoing joint research, highlighting new knowledge that can improve social conditions and enhance economic opportunities.

"While continuing this research, the Working Group also agreed to explore building the capacity of academic institutions and transferring technology from the lab to the private sector. The Working Group emphasised the need to share successful models of innovation and entrepreneurship," the State Department said.

These discussions were the first of the thirteen Strategic Dialogue working group meetings taking place this month in Pakistan.

The groups are continuing the results-focused work of the Dialogue, with senior US and Pakistani officials working together to address a full range of priority issues-law enforcement, energy, water, economics and finance, market access, defence, health, women's issues, and agriculture, among others, it said.

In Islamabad, US delegation leader Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones also met senior officials at the Pakistan Ministries of Environment and Health and with Pakistani leaders who attended the April Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington.

Numerous agencies on both the US and Pakistan side are engaged in some of the most pressing environment, science, technology and health issues facing Pakistan, including collaboration on water resources assessment and management; promoting linkages between scientists and institutions in both countries; and supporting Pakistani women and youth in science, technology and engineering fields, said the State Department.