As part of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue initiated in March by Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Qureshi, Assistant Secretary for Oceans, Environment and Science Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones led the U.S. delegation to the Science and Technology Working Group in Islamabad, June 8-9. The Science and Technology working group discussed ways to promote innovation and entrepreneurship and attended an exhibition of research projects funded through the Pakistan-U.S. S&T Cooperation Program.
The Working Group agreed to build upon the ongoing joint research, highlighting new knowledge that can improve social conditions and enhance economic opportunities. While continuing this research, the Working Group also agreed to explore building the capacity of academic institutions and transferring technology from the lab to the private sector. The Working Group emphasized the need to share successful models of innovation and entrepreneurship.
These discussions were the first of the thirteen Strategic Dialogue working group meetings taking place this month in Pakistan. The groups are continuing the results-focused work of the Dialogue, with senior U.S. and Pakistani officials working together to address a full range of priority issues - law enforcement, energy, water, economics and finance, market access, defense, health, women’s issues, and agriculture, among others.
While in Islamabad, Dr. Jones also met with senior officials at the Pakistan Ministries of Environment and Health, and with Pakistani leaders who attended the April Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington.
Numerous agencies on both the U.S. and Pakistan side are engaged in some of the most pressing environment, science, technology and health issues facing Pakistan, including collaboration on water resources assessment and management; promoting linkages between scientists and institutions in both countries; and supporting Pakistani women and youth in science, technology and engineering fields.