While admiring the accomplishments done by the neighboring country China in poverty alleviation in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that Pakistan is also seeking Chinese cooperation in science and technology sector to excel in the modern era.
These remarks were made by Imran Khan during his recent visit to China in a ceremony hosted by China-Pakistan Friendship Association and International Cultural Communication Center in Beijing. PM Khan endorsed that CPEC has diversified the relations between both countries. As he stated;
“CPEC, being a part of the Belt and Road Initiative, has proved to be a blessing for Pakistan as it gave the country an opportunity to catch up with other nations. The mega project has helped not only attract investment from China but also other countries.”
Prime Minister also shed light on the second phase of the corridor that earlier the project focused on road infrastructure and energy projects but now the cooperation will be extended in the fields of agriculture, science, technology, and other industries.
Imran Khan also said that Pakistan is seeking Chinese investment to establish special economic zones (SEZs) and also to reallocate certain industries in the country under CPEC.
PM Khan emphasized that Pakistan is also trying to establish peace and stability in the region in order to stabilize the country’s economy. He also discussed several geographical issues and Pakistan’s relations with other neighboring countries
Huawei has signed an MoU with Pakistan to establish its first cloud center in the country, as mentioned in the statement shared by the Ministry of Planning Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan met with the founder and CEO of the Chinese tech giant Huawei in Beijing, where the CEO Ren Zhengfei expressed his great interest in making a massive investment in Pakistan. Huawei previously established a regional service center in Pakistan, where 600 IT professionals are currently working, and now with the latest signed MoU the company is planning to establish a data center in the country as well.
Moreover, the premier met with other representatives of the leading Chinese firms including Rainbow Agritech Group, Li & Fin Corporation, Challenge Apparel, and Foton cars, who promised to make heavy investments in Pakistan.
The Prime Minister directed the chairman of Board of Investment (BoI) Haroon Sharif, who was also present during the meeting to remove any hurdles which the investors are facing and ensure that they are facilitated accordingly. Abdul Razaq Dawood, the Advisor to PM on Commerce and Industry was also present during the meetings in China.
In addition to the MoU signed with Huawei Technologies, other memoranda of understanding were also inked with various Chinese firms in diverse fields.
The following list shared by the Ministry of Planning contains the details of all the MoU’s signed with the Chinese firms;
1. China Railway Construction Corporation (International) Limited and Fastrack Silverlink (Pvt) Ltd in conducting railway cargo business
2. Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Government of Pakistan and China Overseas Port Holding Company (COPHC) Ltd under the Clean Green Pakistan movement
3. MOU for setting-up the first cloud center in Pakistan for the finance and media industry in collaboration with Huawei Technologies and Airlink Communication
4. Theatrical distribution agreement between M&D Films Pakistan and Fire International Media of China for release of the film ‘Parwaz Hay Junoon’ in China
5. Framework investment agreement between China-Pak Energy Investment (Suzhou) Co Ltd, Sinohydro Corporation Ltd and Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organisation (PEDO) of KP government for Toren More Kari hydropower project (350 MW) in Chitral and Jameshill Toren More hydropower project in KP
6. The joint investment agreement with Beijing Jingneng Power Co Ltd, Power China International Group Limited and Oracle Power PLC for 2×600 MW Thar Coal Based Power Project at Thar Block VI, Sindh (CPEC Project)
7. Cooperation agreement of renewable energy with Power China International Group Limited and Atlas Power Limited
8. The signing of a joint venture with Sansheng Group for development of Industrial Zone in Pakistan
9. Mou for the establishment of Agri platform at Qingdao Cit
10. Mou for Bei Da Huang Group and JW SEZ Group Pakistan
11. Textile industry agreement between Shanghai Yuanyui Industry Co Ltd, China Railway 20 Co Pakistan (Private) Limited, Board of Investment of Pakistan and Pak China Investment Company Limited
12. Agreement for modern agriculture comprehensive development between China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) and Government of Balochistan
13. The signing of a financial agreement between HUBCO and Thalnova for development of 330 MW coal-fired power plant in Thar Block 2.
14. MOU for a joint venture of K-Electric 700MW Coal Based Power Project in Partnership with CMEC
15. MOU for Modern Agriculture Comprehensive Development Project with Fatima Group Co Ltd
16. Agreement between China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Economic Zone Development and Management Company,Pakistan (KPEZDMC)
irlink Communication and Huawei Technologies join hands for the Cloud Data Center in Pakistan. The landmark agreement was reached at “Pak China Trade and Investment Forum” currently being held in Beijing. The Cloud will be named as Huawei Airlink Cloud and this collaboration will be first of its kind in Pakistan. The main focus of this agreement will be to bring a revolution in Media and Finance Industries of Pakistan by introducing world-class IT Solutions and infrastructure.
Airlink Communication has remained the preferred partner of Huawei in Pakistan since 2012. This agreement is in continuation of sustained business relations between the two companies. The CEO of Airlink Communication, Mr.Muzzaffar Hayat Piracha, lauded this historical engagement between the two companies and said that Airlink Communication believes in bringing the best IT solutions to Pakistan and it will continue to play its role in the growth and development of Pakistan’s economy. Mr. Piracha also shared that Airlink Communication will further strengthen its relationship with Huawei Technologies to reach other sectors in the near future.
Huawei CEO, Mr. Chinlinchun said in this regard; “With Airlink’s contribution Huawei will offer solutions for media and finance industry, work will facilitate into global content sharing, high cloud platform like OTT, etc, where commitment will come in content sharing. Adding important content, a milestone in the finance industry Huawei will provide Agility service, business investment, service intelligence, etc to make Pakistan more and more advanced in the field of technology.”
Finally, scientists have found a way to convert thoughts into speech.
Neuroscientists from the University of California (UC) have recently made a major development toward this remarkable achievement by successfully translating brain waves into intelligible speech for the first time. They have successfully been able to convert brain waves into literal speech.
The researchers developed a setup that translates brain waves into words by focusing on the physical movements related to speech, rather than the sound of the words trying to be communicated. They found looking at the intended movements of the tongue, larynx and other speech mechanisms allowed them to reproduce voice sounds in a more reliable way than, say, trying to match brain waves to predicted speech sounds.
The research work of these scientists was recently published in the journal Nature. This work seems quite identical to what we have seen in the invention of the bionic chip by a Pakistani scientist which helps to understand communication between human tissue and an electronic device. Edward Chang, one of the project’s co-authors, said in a press briefing;
“It’s been a longstanding goal of our lab to create technologies to restore communication for patients with a severe speech disability. We want to create technologies that can reproduce speech directly from human brain activity. This study provides a proof of principle that this is possible.”
As you know that the late British Scientist Stephan Hawking was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at age 21. The motor neuron disease eventually claimed his speech abilities, forcing him to use a hand-held clicker to trigger speech. On the other hand, the research work by UC’s student would omit the middle man, enabling users to produce speech without the help of a computer or movement-sensitive system.
Pakistani students from NUST University Islamabad built an eco-friendly device to increase the fuel efficiency of electric and hybrid cars, as reported by Tribune. The NUST team participated in the Shell Eco-Marathon event which was held recently at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The device which is called “Wheizo” contains around 150 piezoelectric transducers, one each in 4 strips and these transducers are fitted inside the wheels. With this device, the mileage of hybrid cars increases from 40 km per liter to 65 km per liter on a single full charge.
Wheizo during the Eco-Marathon won various awards and was listed among the top 3 innovations at the event with prize money of $3000. The team also qualified for the innovation award during the event which is a great achievement and showcases the talent which the Pakistani young minds possess. Over 100 teams participated in the event out of which 18 teams were from Asia.
Another Pakistani team from Air University Islamabad has created a cheaper “JouleMeter” which helps to monitor the fuel consumption in a car. A third-year student from the Air University Talha Naseer Ahmed while explaining the working of JouleMeter said, “It helps tell drivers how to efficiently use the fuel in electric cars. We have made it at almost one-third of the cost at which they are available in the markets.”
Another team from PNEC-NUST called Team Envision, built an energy-efficienturban concept car, the Mile-X to participate in the Shell Eco-Marathon competition 2019. These young students of Pakistan through these competitions are not only making a name for themselves but for their country as well.