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1st COMSATS Consultative Committee Meeting, 27th April 2009, Abuja, Nigeria

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The first Consultative Committee Meeting of COMSATS was held on 27th April 2009 in Abuja-Nigeria, under the chairmanship of Mr. Muhammad Kashif Murtaza, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan. The Committee comprises high-level officials acting as focal points of member states, where as the focal point of the COMSATS’ host country, Pakistan, serves as the chair.

The members of the Consultative Committee presented the country statements that conveyed their respective governments’ stance on S&T led sustainable development. These statements particularly shed light on improving the general policy of the Network, gave useful recommendations to improve the scientific capacities and reflected upon developing means to strengthen synergies among COMSATS’ focal points and the Centres of Excellence. Representatives from: Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Jamaica, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe attended the meeting.

The 12th Coordinating Council Meeting of COMSATS, held on 28th and 29th April, deliberated upon the programmes and projects of COMSATS’ Network of Centres of Excellence. This year the Council, which is represented by the heads or their representatives of the Centres of Excellence (presently from 15 developing countries), reviewed composition of terms of reference of COMSATS’ Management Committee, discussed the re-constitution of its Technical Advisory Committee, besides taking key decisions on other important administrative and financial matters.

The meeting was chaired by the Director General National Mathematical Centre of Nigeria, Prof. Sam O. Ale in place of the Executive Director TWAS, Prof. M. H. A. Hassan, who was unable to travel to Nigeria. Prof. Osama El Shabrawy (Egypt) also chaired a session. Besides the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, who is also the Secretary to the Council, the meeting was attended by heads/representatives of 8 Centres of Excellence. The meeting concluded on 29th April 2009 with a commitment on the part of the participating members, to reinvigorate COMSATS’ activities.

The two meetings were jointly inaugurated on 27th April 2009, by the Minister of Education of Nigeria, Dr. Sam Egwu, hosted by the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) Abuja-Nigeria. NMC is also one of the members of COMSATS’ Network of Centres of Excellence and is dedicated to the basic research and applications of mathematical sciences in Nigeria. Over a hundred participants from scientific organizations, universities, and R&D institutions of Nigeria attended the inauguration ceremony.

The participants of the meetings were also informed about the agenda of the state-level Commission’s meeting. The deliberations of these two meetings are expected to pave way for the success of the much awaited Commission Meeting, which is scheduled to be held in 2010.

Upcoming Events

Nov
26
Mon
2018
Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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BACKGROUND

The important role of the Quality Infrastructure, comprised of metrology, standardization, accreditation and certification institutions, in the process of socio-economic development of countries cannot be overemphasized. They provide a critically important technical foundation for industrial development and global trade, and functioning national measurement systems support in increasing industrial productivity and enhancement of product quality for international markets.

Many developing countries, particularly Least Developed Countries (LDCs), do not have adequate quality infrastructures, which limits their economic development prospects as products and services fail to meet the demands of domestic and international customers as well as requirements imposed by mandatory regulations. A component of this problem is that these countries lack the requisite technical expertise and knowledge concerning the development, operation and maintenance of metrology facilities, which technically underpin all other functions of the quality infrastructure.

There is, therefore, an urgent need to intensify efforts for capacity building of relevant organizations in the developing countries in order to enhance their expertise and upgrade their infrastructure in the area of metrology, thereby also spurring development in other areas of the quality infrastructure and ultimately facilitating industrial development, growth in trade and a rise in societal well-being.

INTRODUCTION

Keeping the above in view, the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute (TUBITAK UME), Turkey; are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on Metrology for the Least Developed Countries.

The workshop will be held on 26 – 27 November 2018 (Monday-Tuesday), which will be hosted by the TUBITAK National Metrology Institute in Gebze, Turkey.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The primary objective of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge-base, expertise and capacity of the institutions working in the field of metrology in the least developed countries, as well as to prepare roadmaps towards addressing their needs to develop metrology infrastructures with the capability of supporting their economies.

The workshop shall also facilitate the building of regional and international partnerships for the sharing of approaches and best practices in the field of metrology.

FORMAT

The workshop will include technical presentations by relevant subject experts and scientists belonging to LDCs, Member States of COMSATS and international development organizations, as well as discussion sessions and laboratory visits.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

The focus of the workshop is on the least developed countries, particularly those that are also members of COMSATS, namely Bangladesh, Gambia, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.

The policy makers, scientists and experts in the field of metrology belonging to the least developed countries and the Member States of COMSATS, as well as representatives of relevant international development organizations and donor agencies are invited to participate in the event.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters,
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Sector G-5/2,
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7 ext. 209
Email: farhan@comsats.org

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2019
Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

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