BTBU-ECOSF Joint Training Center on Scientific, Technological and Economic Cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative Launched in Beijing

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Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) together with Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) has launched a Joint Training Center on Scientific, Technological and Economic Cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) on September 25, 2020. The opening ceremony of the Center was held in the BTBU campus in Beijing China. The ceremony was also hosted online to facilitate participation of international delegates and participants from different parts of the world. 

The Joint Training Center has been established under the funding of China Association of Science and Technology (CAST) which was won by the BTBU and ECOSF jointly, for human and institutional capacity building in science, engineering, technology, and business management along the belt and road countries. The Center would serve as a strategic training platform, which is deemed to be critical for infrastructure development and socio-economic growth for B&R countries, including Pakistan.

Prof. Song Jun, Executive Secretary of CAST was the Chief Guest in the ceremony. Prof. Jun underlined that the BRI offers a tremendous potential to spur a new era of trade, economic and industrial growth for the countries in the Asia and beyond. Thus, this Joint Training Center by ECOSF and BTBU will play a key role in realization of the BRI goals.

Earlier, in his speech, Prof. Huang Xiankai the President BTBU emphasized over the need for cross-industry and trans-disciplinary international training program to build essential human resource capital among participating countries.

President ECOSF, Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro joined the ceremony online and greatly appreciated financial support of CAST and thanked BTBU for hosting this Joint Training Center together with ECOSF. Prof Soomro said that the Center will greatly maximize the benefits of BRI for participating countries in developing adequate technological workforce.

In his keynote address by academician Dato Ir. (Dr) Lee Yee Cheong, President Academy of Engineering and Technology for the Developing World, Malaysia said that Pakistan is undoubtedly the largest partner of China in BRI with the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Program. Pakistan is therefore ideally suited to be the site of the joint training center with all the CPEC projects providing the training test beds, he added.

Earlier, Dr. Ata Ur Rahman, Counsellor (S&T), Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Beijing also appreciated the BTBU and ECOSF for establishing this important alliance for promotion of cross-border cooperation in the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) sectors.

During the launch, Mr. Jia Wei; First Secretary (S&T) of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan also joined the event virtually and stressed the significance of strategic collaboration between China and Pakistan in the Science and Technological sectors.

Mr. Kaan Sayin, Director, Human Resource and Sustainable Development, Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Secretariat Tehran also spoke in the occasion, highlighted enormous benefits for the ECO region with enhanced regional connectivity and provision of training in emerging areas of science, engineering and technology.

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