Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, and COMSTECH Coordinator-General, has recently called on the Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Cuba Mr. Zener J. Caro Gonzalez at his residence.
The ambassador welcomed Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary who was also accompanied by Dr. STK Naim, former Adviser COMSTECH, and Mr. Abdul Haleem Asghar, former Joint Scientific Advisor Ministry of Science and Technology.
While having a meeting with Pakistani officials, the ambassador showed keen interest in the imports of textile goods and surgical instruments from Pakistan and exports of pharmaceuticals from Cuba, according to the Spokesman of the ICCBS.
Showing his sentiments for Pakistan, he said, “I have great love and affection for Pakistan and its people, as I have an old association with the country. I also led a rescue team after 2005 earth quack in Pakistan, and spent more than 9 months in northern areas.”
He informed the meeting that the development of the Covid-19 vaccine in Cuba was under phase-III clinical trials. Hopefully, it would be available shortly, he mentioned.
Prof Iqbal Choudhary informed the Cuban ambassador about the activities and future programs of COMSTECH and shared the areas of mutual interests. He also gave a brief introduction of ICCBS -University of Karachi, and its contribution to the promotion of science and research in the country.
The Ambassador has shown keen interest in sustainable collaboration in research, development, production, and technology transfer of technology of bio-pharmaceuticals.
Dr. STK Naim shared her previous experience of working with Cuban Scientists in the field of virology.
Prof Choudhary said that COMSTECH would like to work closely with the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Cuba, and intended to collaborate in various important areas like capacity building program in the field of Virology and vaccine development; training of paramedical staff in the OIC countries; and collaboration in the field of nutrition and agriculture.
On behalf of the ICCBS, he also offered five fellowships to the researchers from Cuba and facilities for clinical trials of pharmaceuticals and vaccines and showed interest in vaccine development in Pakistan.
The ambassador accepted the proposals and asked for the signing of MOUs to move forward.