President calls for increased focus on science, technology

Mamnoon invites Bosnian investors to Pakistan
Observer Report

Astana

President Mamnoon Hussain urged the Muslim world to give due priority to science and technology to meet challenges of the new era.
He was addressing the inaugural session of the first ever summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on science and technology, which began in Kazakhstan capital Astana on Sunday.
The heads of state and government from around twenty-two Muslim states and delegates from around fifty-seven states are attending the summit.
The president said rapid changes are taking place in the fields of science and technology on innovation basis. He emphasized the need for enhanced focus of the Muslim world to improve the agricultural production and develop agricultural technology sector.
He said with solid foundations of education and skilled healthy manpower, it will be possible to focus on higher education and research in emerging areas of science and technology.
Mamnoon Hussain said that unity among the Muslim world is very imperative for development, prosperity and a safe future for the new generation.
He said we as a Muslim community have failed to pay attention to education sector for the last several centuries. He said it is very crucial for the Muslim world to be self-sufficient in political and socio-economic sector to revive the golden era of education.
Addressing the summit, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said we cannot make progress without peace.
He said the Muslim world needs unity and integrity. The Muslim countries will have to work together against violence in Myanmar, he added
He said international community should also cooperate with us in this regard. He further said Science and technology summits should be held regularly.
Addressing the summit, president of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said Islam is spreading rapidly in the world.
He said in the world of science, there are two Nobel Prize-winning personalities from the Muslim world, the one is from Pakistan and the other from Egypt.
The summit will explore how the Muslim world could complete developed world in the science and technology field.
Addressing the summit, President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan said we cannot make progress without peace.
He said the Muslim Ummah needs unity and integrity. The Muslim countries will have to work together against violence in Myanmar.
He said International organizations should also cooperate with us in this regard. He further said Science and technology summits should be held regularly.
Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain invited the businessmen and investors from Bosnia and Herzegovina to invest their capital in Pakistan as both the countries agreed to launch joint economic projects.
During a meeting between President Mamnoon and Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bakir Izetbegovic, on the sidelines of the first summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technology here in Kazakh capital, both the countries agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in multiple spheres.
Bakir Izetbegovic expressed his pleasure over the formation of a parliamentary friendship group for Bosnia in Senate of Pakistan. The two sides agreed to enhance the bilateral trade and withdrawal of double taxation system.
It was agreed that the experts from both sides would finalize the proposals to launch joint projects.
The president offered that Pakistan could impart training to the Bosnian people in banking and education. The two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture and technology.
President Mamnoon said Pakistan kept its Bosnian ties at high esteem and in return Izetbegovic said Bosnian people loved Pakistan. Both the leaders unanimously hoped that the ties between Pakistan and Bosnia would continue for generations to come.

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