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2nd COMSATS Consultative Committee Meeting, 1st May 2013, Accra, Ghana

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2nd Meeting of COMSATS Consultative Committee concluded in Ghana

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The 2nd meeting of COMSATS Consultative Committee was successfully held on 1st May 2013, in Accra-Ghana, under the chairmanship of Mr. Akhlaq Ahmad Tarar, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 16th meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council, and was jointly hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Ghana, and COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Ghana, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). A joint inaugural ceremony was held earlier in the morning, which was attended by senior officials belonging to the diplomatic community, universities and R&D institutions in Accra, as well as the participants of the two meetings. The Ceremony included, Welcome Speech by Director-General CSIR; Introductory Remarks by Executive Director COMSATS; Address by the Chairperson Consultative Committee; Address by the Chairperson Coordinating Council; and a Message of the honourable Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Republic of Ghana, delivered by the Director-General CSIR.

Apart from the senior officials of COMSATS, the Committee meeting was attended by the representatives of COMSATS’ Focal Points in Bangladesh, Colombia, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Kazakhstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Uganda. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of TWAS and UNESCO, and a member of COMSATS Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) as observers.

The meeting deliberated upon a nine-point agenda during its two technical sessions. The important matters discussed during the meeting pertained to the review of the 5-year Strategy of COMSATS, approved by Coordinating Council; strengthening the coordination between Focal Points and Centres of Excellence within Member States for facilitating the execution of programmes and activities of COMSATS; enhancing the role of Focal Points to address the financial issues facing COMSATS; overview of COMSATS’ activities and update on the follow-up of 2nd Commission Meeting of COMSATS; and implementation status of the decisions of the 1st Meeting of COMSATS Consultative Committee. Moreover, the participating delegates presented Country Statements that covered their respective governments’ stance on S&T-led sustainable development and recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of programmes and activities of COMSATS in its Member States.

The appointed rapporteurs compiled the recommendations and decisions made during the meeting, which included: strong advices to ensure regular payments of Annual Membership Contributions by Member States as well as contributions towards the COMSATS’ Endowment Fund; constitution of a Technical Advisory Group, comprising the Focal Points in China, Colombia, Egypt, Iran and Nigeria; nominations of renowned R&D/S&T institutions as potential Centres of Excellence by Member States that are, at present, not represented in the Coordinating Council; as well as endorsement of COMSATS’ Future Strategy.

The meeting also appreciated the organization of the 2nd Commission Meeting of COMSATS at the level of representatives of Heads of State/Government in April 2012, and rotation of the Chairperson of COMSATS. The members of the Consultative Committee hoped that Ghana’s leadership will strengthen the organization, especially in the African region.




Upcoming Events

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

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901

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

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