New Perspectives on Gandhara and Cultural Cooperation among the Silk Road Countries

The Silk Road Centre in collaboration with Zhejiang University and Tsinghua University of China, the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan and Taxila Institute of Asian Civilizations at Quaid-i-Azam University organized a 2-day online conference to exchange knowledge and research on the cultures of the Silk Road. The event provided a forum to strengthen and expand cultural cooperation, knowledge and people-to-people exchanges among the Silk Road countries. The conference sessions highlighted the value of cultural diversity and dialogue to promote peace and development in the Silk Road Region. For over 1500 years, the historical Silk Road served as an inspiring symbol of connecting diverse cultures and promoting development. In his opening remarks, Pakistan Ambassador to China Moin ul Haque highlighted the significance of ties between Pakistan and China dating back to the ancient Silk Road.  Keynote speakers and scholars from China and Pakistan highlighted the importance of cultural cooperation among the Silk Road countries.

Youth Leadership Development and Exchange Program funded by German Embassy and implemented by Aizan Development Foundation

The program brought together young men and women from Afghanistan and Pakistan’s merged districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to engage in exploration of the governance, politics, policy making, bilateral relations, cultural and geographic diversity of Pakistan. The Silk Road Centre led the leadership training component of the exchange program. The sessions provided opportunities to strengthen participants’ leadership skills and enhance their understanding of bilateral relations. Training activities were designed to promote mutual understanding, respect, and friendship with the goal of cultivating long-lasting relationships among young people who are poised to become tomorrow’s global leaders and policy makers.