Islamabad—Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain said that 20 ministers of Science and Technology and high officials of Islamic countries were participating in the three-day 15th session of the COMSTECH General Assembly meeting, started here on Monday. Addressing a press conference here, he said “the meeting started from Monday (May 30) will continue till June 1.” The minister said the OIC chairman would also attend the meeting.
He said that the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation was established by the third Islamic Summit held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia in January 1981. Its, he said, mandate has been to undertake follow up action and implementation of OIC resolutions besides contributing towards strengthening science and technology capacity of OIC members states.
The minister said that since its inception, COMSTECH has taken several initiatives for promotion of science and technology through mutual cooperation, collaboration and networking of resources.
He said these included capacity building through advance training courses in emerging science and technology fields as well as design of science, technology and innovation polices, research grants travel support to scientist from OIC states. He said the COMSTECH has financed a total 572 research grants worth US $ 5.531 millon for scientists and researchers in 37 member states. Rana Tanveer said COMSTECH conducted 46 thematic workshops in emerging fields of science and technology in Islamabad for 1,229 scientists from 28 OIC members States.
Since 2006, he said, COMSTECH has conducted 23 special training workshops for design of science, technology and innovation policies which have benefitted 683 scientists, researchers and policy planners from 31 member states.
The minister said that COMSTECH intended to conduct several workshops in emerging fields of science and technology during 2016-17. Three workshops on genomic clinical, Pharmacy and applications of nuclear radiation have already been conducted in the first quarter of 2016, which attracted 107 participants from 12 countries.