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The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World Hosts the 13th Coordinating Council meeting of COMSATS

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The 13th Coordinating Council meeting of the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) was held on 12th & 13th May 2010 in the Italian city of Trieste, under the chairmanship of Executive Director, Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Prof. M.H.A. Hassan. Delegates representing COMSATS Centres of Excellence in eleven developing countries participated in the meeting and highlighted the achievements of their organizations in different fields of S&T, especially in agriculture, bio-technology, industrial products, information and communication technology, environmental studies, material science and space technology. Important advances were reported by China, Brazil and Iran in the fields of weather prediction, bio-fuels and communication satellites, respectively.

Speaking in the inaugural session, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, underscored the importance of international organizations, such as COMSATS that play a crucial role in the development of S&T cooperation among developing countries. He noted the unique nature of COMSATS, being an apex organization established by the countries of the South and having sixteen renowned R&D Centres affiliated with it as a Network of Centres of Excellence.

COMSATS is working neither under the patronage of North-based international bodies nor under the umbrella of any international political grouping. Its main purpose is to help develop S&T capacity in Member States through mutual cooperation. The regular annual event of the Council meeting itself constitutes a mechanism of South-South cooperation as the Heads of R&D organizations present in the meeting learn from each other’s experiences in executing research projects, relevant to the interests of their countries.

The meeting endorsed the administrative decisions of COMSATS Secretariat, approved its budget for 2010-11 and expressed satisfaction over the support provided to COMSATS by the host country, Pakistan. A 10-point communiqué issued at the end of the meeting endorsed the plan of creating scientific thematic groups for research activities to be conducted by clusters of countries within the Member States of COMSATS. The communiqué called upon the Member States to spend 2-3% of their GDP on R&D.

The Council also elected a new chairperson for the next three years. Prof. Eduardo Posada F., Director, Centro Internacional de Fiscia of Colombia, was unanimously chosen for this position. The Council also approved the induction of the following five new members in the Technical Advisory Committee:

1. Dr. Jean-Pierre Revol (Switzerland)
2. Dr. Moctar Toure (Senegal)
3. Prof. Farida Habib Shah (Malaysia)
4. Dr. Afsaneh Safavi (Iran)
5. Prof. Zhu Jiang (China)


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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