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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

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

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