The Philippines and the United Kingdom have embarked on ways to strengthen science and technology (S&T) partnership between the two countries in the areas of health, artificial intelligence, space technologies and biology engineering.
Fortunato “Boy” T. de la Peña, Secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), announced this in a Facebook post following his recent meeting with the British Ambassador to the Philippines, Laure Beaufils.
Beaufils paid a courtesy visit to DOST.
During the meeting, de la Peña expressed the Philippine government’s appreciation for the UK’s strong support for bilateral initiatives and the country’s S&T programs, including the Newton-Agham program, NovaSAR with Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), JST -UKRI-DOST ‘Science, Technology and Action’ Nexus for Development (STAND) and COP26, among others.
“We also discussed strengthening S&T collaborations, particularly in the areas of health, climate change, artificial intelligence, engineering biology, 5G, digital commerce, start-ups / spin-offs, space technologies and higher education,” he said.
He said both parties had also “explored” the possibility of convening the first meeting of the PH-UK Joint Committee on Science and Technology (JCMST).
De la Peña also referred to the important role played by the British government in the Philippines’ fight against coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
“The UK government has been an important partner to the Philippine government in rolling out COVID-19 vaccines across the country,” he said.
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