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UK Ambassador to Manila vows to strengthen UK’s commitment to S&T collaboration in the ASEAN region

Deputy Ambassador Trevor Lewis of the British Embassy in Manila affirmed the United Kingdom’s dedication to support scientific collaboration with its partners in the ASEAN region in his speech at the Science for International Development Conference last 18 September 2012 at the Marriott Hotel, Pasay City. He said, “The British government strongly believes in the importance of science in achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals in Southeast Asia and have just confirmed the commitment to strengthen the UK science and technology networks across the world.”

 

Ambassador Lewis stressed that international research collaboration is the key to successfully combat poverty and uplift the living conditions in poor countries in Southeast Asia. He said, “Our collaboration on international development should help reduce poverty and enable people to build better lives for themselves.”

Adding that by translating raw scientific research results into practical applications or policies, socio-economic development on national level and stronger strategic global economic ties will be achieved, Ambassador Lewis said, “Scientific knowledge can be applied to specific technical challenges and provide countries the tools needed to reason, innovate and participate in ever expanding global networks that can support national economic growth and sustainable development.”

Ambassador Lewis explained that the reason that makes international research collaboration such an ideal tool for poverty reduction around the world lies in its effectiveness to perceive and deal with the unique issues in every country involved. “International collaboration recognizes the profound inner qualities which exist in countries and the difficulty experienced by some their citizens to make lasting positive changes to the wealth, environment, to their security and all that we are concerned about,” cited Ambassador Lewis.

Acknowledging that advancement in science and technology is at its fastest pace than ever, the Ambassador encouraged the scientific community to carry on with their initiatives to collaborate for scientific researches. He cited the thematic sessions for food security, health, E-disaster and energy held during the conference and expressed his optimism that the event successfully passed on invaluable knowledge and applications that will help develop strong evidence-based policies and decisions to eradicate poverty in the Philippines and the rest of Southeast Asia.

Ambassador Lewis commended the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) for bringing international experts to share knowledge in the event. He affirmed that the international conference will bring about more scientific collaborations between ASEAN and EU communities.  “I was very impressed with the number of people who have been involved and also the depths of the discussions that you have been having. I think this is a testament to, not only the importance of the tackled subjects, but also to the potential collaborations on Science and Research between Europe and Southeast Asia,” he said.