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3rd COMSATS Consultative Committee Meeting, 26th October 2015, Accra, Ghana

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The 3rd Meeting of COMSATS Consultative Committee held in Accra

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The 3rd Consultative Committee Meeting of COMSATS was inaugurated in Accra by H.E. Mr. Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Ghana, on 26th October 2015. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 3rd General Meeting of the Commission (27-28 October 2015), which has been convened by the President of Ghana, H.E. Dr. John Dramani Mahama, and is also being hosted by the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Government of Ghana.

The Committee meeting was attended by the representatives of COMSATS’ Focal Points in China, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Uganda and Zimbabwe, as well as Turkey. The inaugural session of the Consultative Committee Meeting included: Welcome Speech by Ms. Salimata Abdul-Salam, Chief Director MESTI; Introductory Remarks by Dr. I.E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS; Address by Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Chairperson COMSATS Consultative Committee and Federal Secretary for Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan; and Inaugural Address by the Ghanaian Minister, H.E. Mr. Mahama Ayariga.

During his inaugural address, the honourable Minister expressed pleasure on having the opportunity of hosting the two extremely important statutory body meetings of COMSATS in Ghana, which have direct relevance to the socio-economic development of his country and other Member States. He stated that Ghana places science, technology and innovation (ST&I) development high on its priority list, which is expected to contribute to the country’s social and economic growth, as well as improve the quality of life of its people. A part of this commitment is the national ST&I Policy of Ghana, which was launched in March 2010 by the Ghanaian Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

The Chairperson of COMSATS Consultative Committee expressed pleasure on the strong role being played by COMSATS for South-South Cooperation in various sectors of Science and Technology. Recalling the functions of the Consultative Committee, Mr. Maken noted that this forum acts as a bridge between those who formulate S&T policies in the Member States and those who actually undertake actions under these policies. He urged the members of the Consultative Committee to ensure that COMSATS’ Centers of Excellence in their respective countries get sufficient governmental support to perform their role as per their national development agendas, as well as extend support in areas of their expertise to the Member States.

Earlier, the Executive Director COMSATS highlighted the functions of COMSATS’ statutory bodies as well as the significance of the two meetings, while the Chief Director MESTI extended warm welcome to the foreign participants and country delegates.

The Consultative Committee meeting deliberated upon an eleven-point agenda during its two technical sessions. The important matters discussed during the meeting pertained to: endorsement of draft harmonized Statutes of COMSATS to be presented to the 3rd General Meeting of the Commission for approval; proposals of new initiatives for enhancing COMSATS’ role in facilitating scientific cooperation among Member States; enhancing the role of Focal Points to address the financial issues facing COMSATS, including Member States’ contributions towards COMSATS Endowment Fund and assistance of donor agencies; as well as endorsement of the agenda of 3rd General Meeting of the Commission.

The participating delegates presented Country Statements, which covered their respective government’s stance on S&T-led sustainable development and recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of COMSATS’ programmes and activities in its Member States. Moreover, COMSATS’ officials briefed the Committee regarding COMSATS’ activities that took place during the period from May 2013 to October 2015, in the light of COMSATS Strategy (2012 – 2016), as well as actions taken by COMSATS Secretariat to follow-up the decisions and recommendations of COMSATS’ 2nd General Meeting of the Commission (April 16-17, 2012, Pakistan) and the 2nd Consultative Committee Meeting (1st May 2013, Ghana).

 

Upcoming Events

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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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