According to a statement from institute, Pakistan and CERN had signed a co-operation agreement in 1994. Signature and implementation of several protocols later, Pakistan was contributing to building the CMS and ATLAS experiments and is the 21st member of the research organisation.
Today, Pakistan contributes to the ALICE and CMS experiments in addition to accelerator developments, making it an important partner for CERN. With an associate membership, a new era of cooperation will open that will “strengthen the long-term partnership between CERN and the Pakistani scientific community,” the statement said.
Associate membership status will allow Pakistan to participate in the governance of CERN, through attending the meetings of the CERN Council. Moreover, it will allow Pakistani nuclear industry to bid for CERN contracts, thus opening up opportunities for industrial collaboration in areas of advanced technology and Pakistani scientists to become members of the CERN staff, and to participate in CERN’s training and career-development programs.