PESHAWAR  - Chairman, Pakistan Council for Science and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Dr Shoukat Pervez has said that investment in science and technology is gateway to socio-economic development of the country.

Speaking to Scientists, industrialists and entrepreneurs during exhibition on ‘Science and Technology’ arranged by the PCSIR Laboratories Complex here Wednesday, he said that nations holding the leadership position in the world today are also leaders in the fields of knowledge, research, science and technology.

Others who spoke on the occasion were included Principal Scientific Officer (PCSIR), Abdul Ghani, Director General (DG) PCSIR Laboratories, Peshawar, Arbab Liaquat Ali, and Head MBC PCSIR, Dr. Inayat-ur-Rehman.

The chairman, PCSIR said that one of the problem scientists in developing countries face is that of isolation from the economy and therefore, urged upon the scientists and industrialists to find ways to promote a dialogue between various stakeholders in science and technology and industrial sector, in order to create an appropriate policy environment to encourage private investment in research and development.

In his welcome address, Principal Scientific Officer, PCSIR, Peshawar thanked chairman PCSIR and other luminaries for their gracious presence.  He further said that their efforts of industrial development can only be realized if all stakeholders included scientists, researchers, engineers and industrialists of the country worked jointly and in integrated manner.

DG PCSIR Labs, Complex Peshawar fervently thanked the chief guest and all the participants of their illustrious presence in the exhibition and highlighted the services of PCSIR Labs, Complex Peshawar in promotion of research and development activities and extending its maximum support in solving industrial problems.

He also spoke about provision of technical consultancy and assistance to various industrial and commercial organizations of the province by the scientists of PCSIR.

He expressed the hope that that this event will provide a platform for promoting joint venture of research laboratories and public private sectors so as to fully exploit and benefit from the process developed by the scientists of PCSIR.

In the end, Dr. Inayat-ur-Rehman, Principal Scientific Officer, Head MBC PCSIR Peshawar also thanked the chief guest, scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs and eminent personalities of academia for attending the exhibition and the making the event successful.