Multan: French Ambassador Phillip Thiebaud has said that Pakistan and France are faced with same challenges and both the countries can launch joint ventures in areas like energy, food processing, water and environment.
Addressing the participants of Chemistry Travelling Expo after inaugurating it here at Bahauddin Zakariya University Tuesday, he said that Chemistry had a direct link with human lives and no one could undermine its role and importance.
He said: “We are part of a global village and we needed to boost our command on science. For this purpose we have to further improve relations at the level of state institutions.”
He said that Chemistry had a link with our lives one way or other and it could be used as a key to solve problems being faced by the humankind. He hoped that the expo would help resolve problems faced by common man in routine life.
He told the participants that France spent a big portion of its GDP on promotion of science and technology every year. He asked the students to benefit from inter-linkage programs and go to France for higher education. He said that France was an old trade partner of Pakistan and these ties should further be strengthened.
He disclosed that France-Pakistan relations were passing through a new era of friendship as France imported and exported a large number of duty free items besides working with Science Foundation.
Answering a question, he said that Pakistan was a democratic country and democratic process should continue here. “It is Pakistanis who are to decide the fate of their country,” he added.
Chairman Pakistan Science Foundation Dr. Manzoor Hussain Somroo said that more projects would be launched in collaboration with France in energy, water, environment and food processing sectors.