MONITORING REPORT ISB: Famous Pakistani scientist Prof. Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman has said that Pakistan needs to rid itself of the constraints of a natural resource driven approach to socio-economic development and focus on strengthening the “triple helix” of the knowledge economy.

He said this while addressing 1st International Conference on Bioscience and Biotechnology – 2016 under the theme of “Molecular Life Science for the Development in the 21st Century”. The event was organized by Faculty of Applied Sciences, University of Sri Jayawardenepura, Sri Lanka.

He explained that it has three key pillars include; government policies directed at strengthening the knowledge and research base and enhancing manufacturing and exports of high technology products; Establishment of world class universities and centers of excellence in key fields and Promotion of private sector.

He added that Government may promote R and D within private sector institutions through incentives, which will enhance high technology manufacturing exports from Pakistan.

Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman emphasized that Science, Technology and Higher Education sectors have to play a critically important role in the transition towards a “Knowledge Economy”. It is only if we are armed with the right knowledge and skills that we can improve our living standards and provide a decent future to our children, he added.

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