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TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM), Turkey, hosts the 15th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council

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The 15th Meeting of COMSATS Coordinating Council was successfully held on May 24-25, 2012, at Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey. The meeting was hosted by COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Turkey, the TÜBİTAK Marmara Research Center (MAM).

Apart from the high officials of COMSATS Headquarters, the meeting was attended by Council Members or their representatives from 13 Centres of Excellence of COMSATS; BCSIR-Bangladesh, ICCES-China, CIF-Colombia, NRC-Egypt, CSIR-Ghana (in place of its constituent organization, BRRI), IROST-Iran, ICENS-Jamaica, RSS-Jordan, NMC-Nigeria, ICCBS-Pakistan, CIIT-Pakistan, IRCC-Sudan, and TÜBİTAK MAM-Turkey. Moreover, the meeting was attended by the representative of the University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Senegal, in connection with UCAD’s request to be inducted as the Member of COMSATS’ Network of Centres of Excellence; a senior official of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Italy, as an observer; as well as other senior officials of the host centre.

The meeting was inaugurated on May 24, 2012, at the Turkish Institute for Industrial Management (TÜSSİDE), Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey, by the Advisor to the President TÜBİTAK, Mr. Çağatay Telli (who also holds the position of Chief Economist at the Ministry of Development, Turkey). Mr. Telli, in his informative presentation on ‘Principles of R&D Policy: An International Perspective’, emphasized the important role of the private sector R&D in achieving economic prosperity. He also urged the governments of the developing countries to develop their research policies keeping in view their capabilities and resources. Earlier, the host of the meeting, Dr. İbrahim Dinçer, Acting President MAM, in his Welcome Speech, stressed the significance of technological advancement in achieving socio-economic development. He regarded COMSATS’ objectives aimed at promoting South-South cooperation as most laudable and offered the full cooperation of MAM in this respect. In his Introductory Remarks, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, recounted the outcomes of the recently held 2nd Commission Meeting of COMSATS (April 16-17, 2012, Islamabad, Pakistan), one of which was the election of Ghana as COMSATS’ new Chair. The Commission meeting also appreciated the vital role being played by COMSATS’ Centres of Excellence towards the achievement of COMSATS’ programmes and activities. The Chairperson of COMSATS Coordinating Council, Prof. Eduardo Posada, Director CIF, during his address at the Inaugural Session, highlighted the necessity of enhancing scientific collaboration among scientific/research institutions in the developing world, and pointed out some actions to be taken by the developing countries on urgent basis that included: development of policies for the promotion of science, technology and innovation; improvement of the standard of S&T education; and strengthening of linkages between R&D organizations and industries.

As per the standard format of the meeting, the Executive Director COMSATS presented COMSATS’ Annual Activity Report (May 2011 – April 2012); the heads/representatives of the Centres of Excellence made presentations on the scientific activities of their respective Centres with the view to identifying areas of potential cooperation among the Council members; and the Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS briefed the Council on the administrative and financial matters of COMSATS as well as the implementation status of the decisions taken by the Council in its previous meeting. Progress reports of the three operational International Thematic Research Groups (ITRGs) were presented to the Council by the Groups’ respective Lead Centres, as well as matters relating to the launching of the remaining ITRGs were discussed.

The key decisions taken by the Coordinating Council in its 15th meeting include: re-designation of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) as COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Ghana; induction of UCAD-Senegal in COMSATS’ Network; approval of the 2nd part of the COMSATS’ Future Strategy Document (Implementation and Monitoring); constitution of a three-member Committee to make necessary amendments in the Charter of the Network; and consensus on establishing two new ITRGs of COMSATS. The Council also discussed at length the possibility of new initiatives. After detailed discussion, it was decided to explore possibilities for the following three new activities:

i) Establishment of a ‘COMSATS Technology Park’;
ii) Launching a scheme whereby outstanding scientists in COMSATS’ Centres of Excellence are designated as ‘COMSATS Distinguished Professors’;
iii) Constituting a network of experts in the field of ‘Science, Technology and Innovation Policy’.

The Coordinating Council showed satisfaction on the administrative and financial affairs of COMSATS, and approved the organization’s budget for 2012-13.

A Communiqué was issued at the end of the meeting that welcomes the election of the Head of State of the Republic of Ghana as the new Chairperson of the Commission; endorses and supports the Resolution unanimously adopted during the 2nd Commission Meeting and expresses its willingness to cooperate with the Secretariat to implement the decisions taken therein; re-affirms the Council’s commitment to the objectives of the Network; and strongly urges the developing countries to allocate at least 2% of their GDPs for science, technology and innovation related initiatives.

It was decided that the next (16th) meeting of the Coordinating Council will be hosted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Ghana, while the Iranian Research Organization for Science & Technology (IROST), Iran, will be the alternative host.


Other Presentations

Reports on International Thematic Research Groups

Upcoming Events

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

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

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

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