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COMSATS-COMSTECH Joint National Seminar Explores Employment Generating Opportunities in Pakistan

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The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), under the patronage of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC), organized a two-day national seminar on ‘Policies and Strategies for Successful Implementation of Employment Generating Programmes in Renewable Energies, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Environment and ICTs’. The seminar was held at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, on 11th and 12th August 2009. The inauguration ceremony was held on the 11th August.

The Chief Guest Dr. Ishfaq Ahmad, Advisor Planning Commission of Pakistan appreciated the efforts made by the collaborating organizations for addressing the crucial issue of unemployment in Pakistan for an overall socio-economic betterment of the country. During his remarks on the theme of the seminar, he hoped that it would endeavour to identify the local comparative advantages to assist the policy makers in devising appropriate employment generating strategies.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Atta-ur-Rahman, Coordinator General COMSTECH deemed employment generation the key issue that needs to be addressed for the uplift of society as a whole. He considered transformation of Pakistan into a knowledge-based economy and imparting right skills to our youth through education the important needs of the hour. He believed that keeping in view the financial and social constraints, a system should be devised that would enable and promote innovation and entrepreneurship.

In his introductory remarks, Dr. I.E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS declared employment an important parameter to gauge a country’s economy. He was of the belief that all segments of the society, i.e., public and private, should join hands to address the challenges faced by Pakistan, out of which unemployment has turned out to be one of the most alarming since the unemployment rate during the last couple of years has reached the level of over 7.5 per cent. Thanking the participants and guests, Dr. Qureshi hoped that their collective wisdom and diverse experiences in various fields of Science and Technology would enrich the deliberations of the seminar that could in turn affect the policy decisions on the subject issue.

The Seminar, comprising six technical sessions, provided 28 speakers with a platform to establish clear linkages between effective policies and strategies and creation of sustainable livelihoods in targeted areas. Around 50 Scientists, industrialists, government representatives, policy makers, sociologists and scholars participating in the event reviewed existing national policies and strategies and tried to identify some practicable ones keeping in view the socio-economic circumstances currently prevalent in the country.

The Seminar concluded with a revitalized commitment on the part of all the participants and speakers to make cohesive efforts to help formulate and implement more effective and sustainable policies for employment generation.

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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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