ISLAMABAD: The Consultative Committee of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) reiterated its pledge to support the organization’s S&T programmes and activities during its 3rd Meeting held in Accra, Ghana, on October 26, 2015.
According to a press release, the meeting was inaugurated by the Ghanaian Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mr. Mahama Ayariga, while the Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, chaired the meeting in his capacity as the Chairperson Consultative Committee.
The meeting, hosted by Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), was attended by the representatives of COMSATS’ Focal Points in 16 Member States, namely China, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, as well as Turkey.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the one-day meeting, Mr. Maken expressed pleasure on the strong role being played by COMSATS for South-South Cooperation in various sectors of Science and Technology. He strongly urged the members of the Consultative Committee to sufficiently support COMSATS’ Centers of Excellence in their respective countries for them to play their due roles in the national development agendas of Member States.
Mr. Ayariga formally inaugurated the meeting with his expression of pleasure for hosting the Consultative Committee Meeting that was to be followed by the meeting of COMSATS’ Heads of States-level Commission, convened by the President of Ghana, Dr. John Dramani Mahama. He stated that Ghana places science, technology and innovation (ST&I) development high on its priority list, which is expected to contribute to the country’s social and economic growth, as well as improve the quality of life of its people.
Earlier during the inaugural ceremony, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, highlighted the functions of COMSATS’ statutory bodies as well as the significance of the two meetings, while the Chief Director MESTI, Ms. Salimata Abdul-Salam, extended warm welcome to the foreign participants and country delegates.
In addition to key deliberations of statutory importance, matters relating to new initiatives for enhancing COMSATS’ role in facilitating scientific cooperation among Member States; and enhanced role of COMSATS’ Focal Ministries and government departments in Member States to garner necessary financial support for the organization’s international programmes through Annual Membership Contributions and COMSATS Endowment Fund.
A key component of the meeting deliberation comprised of Country Statements, which covered their governments’ stances on S&T-led sustainable development and recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of COMSATS’ programmes and activities in its Member States.