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Italy to help Pakistan manage its over 20 million annual Solid Waste – Changez Jamali

Islamabad: Stronger linkages between Academia and Business Communities coupled with government support of the two friendly countries will lead to capacity building of Pakistan and sustainable management of solid waste in the country, said Pakistan’s Minister for Science and Technology Mir Changez Khan Jamali while talking to experts and business community of the two countries at University of Rome, Tor Vergata the other day.

According to a message received here on Thursday, the Minister along with Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Dr. Manzoor Soomro and a team of Pakistan business persons; is on a three-day visit to Rome. The delegation spent a busy day meeting management of the university followed by a day-long symposium on solid waste management (SWM) in Italy.

The University of Rome showed its desire to enter into an agreement to work together with Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan through Pakistan Science Foundation to undertake collaborative research studies on SWM, exchange of experts and students and business communities of the two nations.

It was thus agreed in principle to work together and jointly prepare a collaborative programme for European Union funding. Meanwhile the University of Rome- Tor Vergata and Pakistan Science Foundation will enter into a broad memorandum of understanding (MoU), the university management also shared a draft MoU with Chairman PSF.

The experts made presentations on various aspects of solid waste generation, its causes, categorization, collection and management on scientific basis. It was demonstrated that all the research being done in the area in Italy was client based and that the city governments were very much involved right from planning the research.

Thus some of research is being funded by the municipal governments as well as by the industry/private sector involved in manufacturing the needed machinery. Presentations by private sector were also made to the visiting delegation as to how they were benefitting from the S and T research findings of the experts. Subsequently, Pakistani delegation was given a round of the state of art research laboratories doing research on SWM. A number of projects in the university of Rome are being funded by the EU.

Minister Jamali shared the new vision of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) policy of the Government of Pakistan, which he said was emphasizing on the problem oriented research in collaboration with private sector by involving the Chambers of Commerce and Industry across Pakistan. He also invited Italian business people to invest in Pakistan and work together with dedicated researchers of Pakistan. Minister Jamali also spoke to research students of the university and answered their questions with particular reference to Pakistan’s softer image.

Minister of S and T Mr. Changez Khan Jamali and Chairman PSF Prof. Manzoor Soomro discussing collaboration between University of Rome- Tor Vergata and Pakistan Science Foundation, with Deputy Rector Prof. Pietro Masi and his team

Minister Jamali and his delegation visiting research laboratories of University of Rome- Tor Vergata, Italy

Minister Jamali talking to Ph.D students of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering at University of Rome-Tor Vergata

For more information, contact:
Pakistan Science Foundation
1-Constitution Avenue,
Sector G-5/2, Islamabad
Tel: + 92 51 9202469-70
Fax: + 92 51 9202468

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