ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will get the associate membership of CERN by June this year which will be beneficial for industrial sector, human resource development and technology transfer in key areas of radiofrequency technology.

Head of CERN delegation Dr Sergio Bertolucci said this while addressing a press conference here today along with Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) Dr Ansar Parvez.

Dr Parvez said it will raise the collaboration level between Pakistan and CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research laboratory Geneva.

He said that Pakistan fulfills all the criteria for becoming a CERN associate member, adding that the industrial base and experience of high precision manufacturing enables Pakistan to make significant contributions to the CERN program.

Replying to a question, the PAEC chairman said that collaboration with CERN is not limited to scientific organisations such as PAEC and National Center for Physics (NCP).

“As soon as Pakistan becomes associate member of CERN, it will provide new and innovative avenues of research and development for our scientists and researchers,” he said.

Briefing the media, Dr Bertolucci said Pakistan has incredible potential for advancement in science and technology, adding that Pakistani scientists are talented and there is hope for more sustainable future.

Replying to a question, he said that Pakistan meets the criterion for becoming associate member of CERN, which includes ability of scientists and engineers, capacity and thirdly clear understanding of stakeholders.