Kyrgyzstan’s Ambassador Erik Beishemhiev has called for promoting Pak-Kyrgyz academic ties and trade relations, highlighting that Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan were geographically located on important positions in the region and both could benefit from each other.
Addressing a seminar on China Pakistan Economic Corridor and Study Programs jointly organized by Punjab University and Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS) at Al Raazi Hall, the ambassador highlighted that CPEC was a golden opportunity to enhance trade volume of the connecting countries manifold. He said Kyrgyzstan could play role of bridge for Pakistan and Pakistani traders could easily send their 6,000 items to Central Asian markets enjoying several concessions. He said a large number of Pakistani students were studying in Kyrgyzstan’s medical and other universities.
The ambassador said that Kyrgyzstan had established many universities in collaboration with other countries, just like University of Central Asia in Bishkek which was established in collaboration with Aga Khan Foundation. He said Kyrgyzstan was rich in tourist destinations and minerals.
Beishemhiev said Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent visit to Kyrgyzstan would promote bilateral relations and the government of Kyrgyzstan was interested in signing memorandum of understandings with Pakistani universities for promotion of people to people contact and exchange scientific information.
Addressing the seminar, PU VC Niaz Ahmad said promotion of bilateral relations among the universities of both the countries would help learn from research, knowledge and experiences of each other. He stressed the need to expand exchange programs of faculty members and students in various academic disciplines. He also urged the student to enhance their skills along with knowledge.
Brig (r) Mansoor Saeed highlighted the importance of Pak-Kyrgyz relations and said that CGSS was playing role of a think tank to improve Pakistan’s relations with foreign countries. He said CGSS had also organized many conferences and carried out research programs on various issues of national and international interests.