The first-ever Pak-Japan Centre had been inaugurated in Pakistan at the National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST) on 23rd May in cooperation with Lt Gen Javed Mahmood Bukhari (Retd), Rector NUST, and H.E Mitsuhiro Wada, Ambassador of Japan to Pakistan.
The facility has been made through the mutual collaboration of NUST & Plus W Inc. a Japanese company working on behalf of the Government of Japan.
The inauguration ceremony was also joined by the Ex-Ambassador of Pakistan to Japan H.E. Imtiaz Ahmad, Ms. Ismat Hassan Sial, the Charge d’ Affaires, Embassy of Pakistan in Tokyo, and First Secretary Economic & Development Section Embassy of Japan in Islamabad Tsuchiya Taiji.
The prime focus of the center is to promote exchanges between Pakistan and Japan to foster collaboration in the domains of human resource development and joint research, particularly in the IT sector.
Moreover, it will also facilitate Pakistani and Japanese companies in establishing businesses in each other’s nations by familiarizing people with their respective cultures, business principles, and basics of language.
The ambassadors from both countries honored the efforts of NUST and Plus W in affecting this partnership.
While addressing the ceremony, Rector NUST laid stress on the need for a stronger industry-academia partnership between Pakistan and Japan. He praised the joint effort of both countries in setting up such a research center and said that collaborations would not only lead to opening up new avenues of practical research in cutting-edge areas for students, faculty and researchers, but also assist in their capacity building in line with the potentials of the Japanese and Pakistani industry.
Pakistan and Japan have always enjoyed bilateral ties and their relationship is getting stronger day by day. Since the formation of diplomatic ties on 28th April 1952, Pakistan-Japan relations have gradually developed. After the San Francisco Peace Conference, Pakistan was one of the very few states which initiated their commercial office in Japan.
In 1980, bilateral bonds were further strengthened because of Pakistan’s role in acquiring the withdrawal of the Soviet forces from Afghanistan and the sea lanes security by which Japan gets the bulk of its oil.