At the request of the Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Chinese President Jiang Zemin recently wrote a eulogy on the organization:
"Nowadays, science and technology has become a decisive driving factor for social and economic development. It is generally recognized that the Third World countries should depend on advancement in science and technology for eradicating poverty and realizing sustainable development and prosperity. Since its establishment, the Third World Academy of Sciences has made great contributions to promoting the development of science and technology in the Third World, upgrading its innovative capacities, and strengthening extensive cooperation. It has therefore been regarded as the academy of the scientists in the Third World. I am fully convinced that in the new century, TWAS will make even greater contributions to boosting the development of scientific undertaking of the Third World countries, fostering young scientists, and promoting South-South and even global collaboration and exchange in science and technology with equality and mutual benefits."
The importance of Jiang' s composition of his eulogy on the TWAS lies in the demonstration that, China, as a large developing country, is very concerned about and gives support to S&T development in developing countries, notes Lu Yongxiang, president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and TWAS vice president. The country has been putting consistent emphasis on scientific and technological cooperation with other Third World countries, adds Lu.
Established on November 10, 1983 under the advocate of Pakistani physicist and Nobel laureate Abdus Salam, TWAS is dedicated to pushing forward South-South and North-South interaction and cooperation in science and technology and encouraging extensive research and development targeting the problems faced by Third World countries.
Over the past dozen or so years, China has maintained a close partnership and conducted extensive collaboration with TWAS. 16 Chinese scientists won the TWAS Basic Sciences Awards and two Chinese institutes won TWAS Applied Technology Award. The country has received over 500 scientists from Third World countries in China for cooperative research and funded more than 4,000 Third World scientists to China for a variety of international academic conferences, training sessions and other activities. (G. H.)
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