Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif visited this week the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN), one of the foremost international centers of scientific research.
During the visit, while addressing scientists, including Pakistani scientists and technicians, Sharif said that Pakistan considers it a matter of immense pride to have become an Associate Member of CERN last year especially, as it was the first non-European country to have achieved this milestone.
“Our Associate Membership of CERN is a recognition of the achievements of our scientists, engineers and technicians,” Sharif said.
Sharif underscored that Pakistan and CERN had been collaborating since 1994, and had carried out a number of successful projects involving sophisticated technologies and precision engineering. Pakistan was also involved in accelerator developments, making it an important partner for CERN, Sharif said.
According to Sharif, the Associate Membership of Pakistan has opened a new era of cooperation that will strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Pakistani scientific community. It will allow Pakistani scientists to become members of the CERN staff, participate in CERN’s training and career-development programs and CERN Council, as well as allow Pakistani industry to bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology, Sharif noted.