Islamabad: As its regular international activity for South-South cooperation, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is convening the 17th meeting of its Coordinating Council in Tehran, Iran, on 19-20 May 2014.
The Council comprises heads of the 18 affiliated S&T institutions from developing countries that form COMSATS’ Network of international S&T Centres of Excellence. The Council meets every year to review the activities of COMSATS’ Network; follow up on the decisions and recommendations made in the last meeting; and outline the future course of action.
The meeting will be hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Iran, the Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST), and is expected to have representation of 13 network members from Bangladesh, China, Colombia, Ghana, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan (2), Sri Lanka, Sudan, Senegal, Tanzania, and Turkey. Also attending the meeting on special invitation would be a member of COMSATS’ Technical Advisory Committee, Dr. Moctar Toure, National Academy of Sciences of Senegal, Dakar, Senegal, as well as representatives of ISESCO, UNESCO and TWAS. Moreover, the Ambassador of Ghana in Tehran will be attending the meeting as a representative of COMSATS’ Chairperson, President of Ghana, Dr. John Dramani Mahama.
This year, the Council is expected to deliberate upon, among other things, the request of a Tunisian institute, Water Research and Technologies Centre (CERTE), for induction in COMSATS’ Network as its 19th member.
Earlier visited by the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, for evaluation of its technical strength (December 2013), CERTE’s case would be presented by Prof. Mohamed Ben Youssef, Director General CERTE, upon which the Council would take a decision on the matter.
In all, the Council will be deliberating on a 13-point agenda, including: report on COMSATS’ activities in the period since the 16th Council meeting; discussion on Draft Statutes of COMSATS; reconstitution of COMSATS’ Technical Advisory Committee; formulation of COMSATS’ Panel of Experts on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy; and the Reports on COMSATS’ International Thematic Research Groups. The meeting will be inaugurated by Dr. Reza Faraji Dana, Minister of Science, Research and Technology, Iran.