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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

Apr
16
Tue
2019
The 22nd Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council, 16-17 April 2019, Tianjin, China
Apr 16 – Apr 17 all-day

The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) is pleased to announce the convening of the 22nd meeting of its Coordinating Council scheduled to be held in Tianjin, China, on 16 – 17 April 2019. The meeting will be hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence, the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences, China. The meeting programme includes a visit to TIB’s laboratories on 18th April 2019.

The Coordinating Council meets every year, inter alia, to: review the activities of COMSATS’ Network; follow up on the decisions and recommendations made in the previous meeting; and outline the future course of action.

Invitations and Confirmation of Participation

The Executive Director COMSATS has extended invitations to all members of the Coordinating Council. The representatives of some international partner organizations have also been invited to participate in the meeting as Observers.

COMSATS Headquarters is closely coordinating with the host institution (TIB) to ensure timely arrangements.

Agenda and Working Paper

The provisional Agenda of the meeting has been prepared. The detailed Working Paper and associated documents of the meeting are under preparation and will be electronically distributed to the Council members and other invitees during first half of March 2019.

For further details, please contact:

COMSATS Secretariat, Pakistan TIB, China

Mr. Tajammul Hussain
Advisor (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9204892
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes)
COMSATS Headquarters
Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, G-5/2
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-7
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Prof. Dr. Jibin Sun
Deputy Director-General
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)
Tianjin, China
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: 0086-22-84861949
Fax: 0086-22-84861943
Email: sun_jb@tib.cas.cn

Ms. Qianqian Chai
Officer of Foreign Affairs and Academic Exchange
Division of Science and Technology Development
Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology (TIB), Chinese Academy of Sciences(CAS)
32 West 7th Avenue, Tianjin Airport Economic Area, Tianjin 300308, China
Tel: +86-2284861925
E-mail: chai_qq@tib.cas.cn
http://english.tib.cas.cn

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