The senior officials from the member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) held their meeting today in preparation for the Science and Technology Summit to be held in Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Sunday and Monday, 10-11 September 2017. The Summit is the first of its kind as it specializes on issues related to health, education, innovation, research, space exploration, climate changes, food security and other vital issues for development, which were identified as priority areas for the OIC in its ten-year Program of Action 2016-2025.
The meeting began with a welcoming statement by the chairman Mr. BolatbekAbdrassilov who stressed on the efforts by Kazakhstan to advance its work in science and technology.
Ambassador Mohamed Naeem Khan, OIC Assistant Secretary General, then spoke. He said the meeting is to finalize the proposed OIC Science, Technology and Innovation Agenda 2026, which would be presented to leaders of the OIC countries for adoption at the Summit.
The agenda has identified key priorities, goals, related targets and recommended actions to strengthen the STI capabilities of the member states.
A meeting of ministers in charge of science and technology in the member states will be held tomorrow for a final review of the STI Agenda before the Summit.—PR