The second OIC Summit on Science and Technology held virtually on Wednesday which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates.
President Dr Arif Alvi and Chairman of OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation delivered his recorded statement in the inaugural session.
He said, COMSTECH, is moving forward on STI Agenda 2026, in spite of severe financial crunch. As Chairman COMSTECH, he proposed to place focus on African member states for health and agriculture development with particular emphasis on biosaline agriculture.
Dr Alvi appreciated COMSTECH efforts and urged member states to mobilize resources and come forward with their contributions to COMSTECH programmes.
OIC Summit appreciated the leadership of Dr. Arif Alvi for promoting intra–OIC scientific and technological cooperation for the implementation of OIC STI Agenda 2026 and advancement of science, technology and innovation in the member states, especially the Least Developed Countries.
The Summit resolved to further intensify efforts to fulfil the goals and targets of the OIC STI Agenda 2026 through a series of focused initiatives and programs to be proposed by COMSTECH in coordination with General Secretariat and other relevant OIC institutions and called upon the member states, who have the resources, to consider providing necessary financial and technical support to COMSTECH and General Secretariat to carry out initiatives.