On December 16, 2021, the 2nd China-Pakistan Matchmaking Workshop, hosted by the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the International Liaison Department of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan and the Department of Science and Technology of Yunnan Province, and organized by the China-South Asia Technology Transfer Center, Yunnan Academy of Scientific and Technical Information, Pakistan Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and the Pakistan Sub-Center of China-South Asia Technology Transfer Center, was successfully held in Kunming, China and Islamabad, Pakistan in a hybrid format. Ruan Xiangping, Senior Counsel of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, Dr. Syed Attaur Rehman, Additional Secretary of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Pakistan, and Zhang Jihong, Counsel of the Department of Science and Technology of Yunnan Province, attended the virtual opening ceremony and delivered speeches.
In his opening speech, Ruan Xiangping said that since the establishment of the China-Pakistan Technology Transfer Center four years ago, the implementation agencies of the two sides have facilitated a series of cooperation projects through efficient and targeted technology matchmaking and served cooperation needs of innovation entities in both countries, contributing to the scientific and technological innovation and socio-economic development in Pakistan, and adding new dimensions to the everlasting friendship between China and Pakistan. It is hoped that the two sides will play an active role in further addressing development needs of enterprises, serving the development of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and strengthening talent training and mechanism building.
With the theme of deepening China-Pakistan scientific and technological innovation cooperation and serving the construction of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, over 150 representatives from some 60 Chinese and Pakistani institutions attended the meeting.
Established in 2017, the China-Pakistan Matchmaking Workshop has provided a platform for Chinese and Pakistani industries, academia and research institutions to carry out practical cooperation, and played an active role in supporting CPEC development and promoting Belt and Road cooperation.