Science for Society: Linking Science to CPEC

World Science Day

World Science Day

World Science Day for Peace and Development (WSDPD) has been celebrated every year, when United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared 10th November as the day dedicated to science. This day is celebrated so as to emphasize the importance that science has in modern-day society and to heave understanding of the function that science has in the promotion of peace and sustainable development. The core motive of the Science Day is the promotion and understanding of science among the society and general public to make them realized why science is relevant to their daily lives and to engage them in debate on science related issues.The global nature of science, the speed with which it is developing and spreading, and the extent it is critical to national priorities are leading more countries to look at the techno-economic mechanism of their science strategies. Science exchanges are an essential platform for countries looking to create better connections with the public of other nations, and to establish and strengthen relationships. With multiple socio-economic challenges faced by the world today, scientific interactions are valuable platforms for states and scientists to cooperate and share knowledge, expertise and resources. In turn, this can promote techno-economic and social progress, and contribute to peace and sustainable development. Science can not only enable countries to overcome a negative image in parts of the world but also, take place in the long-established sense of the word, where delegations travel to each other’s countries to share ideas on science, innovation and technology.

Historically, integration between regions has been a key element in enhancing scientific activities and the cooperation long been facilitated by the diverse means of research and development (R&D). In the South Asia, there is exceptional Chinese cooperation with Pakistan for the 21st Century Silk Road – the global Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China and Pakistan as all weather strategic partners and glorious friends always try to make strong relations through different geo-politics and strategic agreements. The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is one of the imperative strategic partnerships to make stronger relations of both countries. Similarly, China has several science exchanges with Pakistan, with the key role in setting the stage for R&D, institutions and businesses to collaborate with each other. In the future scenario, the strategic scientific partnership through CPEC may not only develop Pakistan’s science infrastructure and research capabilities, but also techno-economic development of both the countries. By creating science knowledge and understanding through science may outfit both countries to find solutions to today’s techno-economic challenges and to achieve sustainable development and greater societies. Linking science to CPEC, public understanding of science and the participation of citizen of the both countries in science should be a considerable factor for sustainable and peaceful development of CPEC. The CPEC could then not only serve as a game changer for China and Pakistan, but also the entire region.

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Mirza Abdul Aleem Baig is CAS-TWAS President’s Fellow at USTC, Biomedical Health Informatics Professional and freelance Science Writer.