Pak-China nutrition, health research centre opens

ISLAMABAD – The China-Pakistan Joint Research Center for Nutrition and Health has been inaugurated in Karachi and Beijing on the sideline of the 2021 Sino-Pakistan Conference on Research and Application of Food and Medicinal Resources held last week, both online and offline.

According to CEN, the centre is launched jointly by the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) of the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) and International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, Pakistan.

At the launching ceremony, Wang Fengzhong, Director of IFST, expressed that IFST would carry out projects under the MOU of Sino-Pakistan science and technology agreement signed this year, and research the medicinal and food plant resources and its benefits to human, to strengthen the traditional friendship between the two iron brother nations.

Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary, Dean of ICCBS, hoped to have more cooperation with China in the medicinal and food plant resources and education and training, on the basis of the foundation of Sino-Pakistan Cooperation Center on Traditional Chinese Medicine (SPCCTCM). 

He expected that a public academic platform could be established to strengthen the two nations’ synergy in sci-tech innovation and draw more young scientists to take part in.

Dr. Atta ur Rahman, Chairman of Pakistani Prime Minister’s Task Force on Science and Technology, pointed out that the two nations have established SPCCTCM. 

He hoped the cooperation would boost the development of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China and Pakistan.

Awais Ahmad Khan, Counsellor of Pakistan Embassy in Beijing said, “China and Pakistan’s cooperation in the field of food and medicinal plant resources is very important, which is conducive to the social and economic development of the two countries.”

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