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The Third General Meeting of the Commission Inaugurated in Ghana

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The third General Meeting of the Commission convened by the Chairperson of COMSATS, H.E. John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana, has been inaugurated on 27th October 2015, in Accra, by Hon. Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah, Minister of State at the Office of the President of Ghana. The Commission is the apex statutory body of COMSATS, comprising of the Heads of 23 Member States.

Country delegates from China, Egypt, Ghana, Iran, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Philippines, Pakistan, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda and Zimbabwe, are attending the deliberations of this two-day Meeting. Apart from the delegates, the inaugural ceremony was attended by about 80 senior officials from the Ghanaian Flagstaff House, relevant ministries and departments; representatives of foreign missions in Ghana; senior officials of Ghanaian R&D/S&T organizations and higher education institutions; and local media personnel; as well as officials from COMSATS Secretariat.

During the inaugural ceremony, the Minister of State read out the address of the honourable President of Ghana, who appreciated the presence of the country delegates in Accra that were nominated by the Heads of COMSATS’ Member State. His Excellency considered COMSATS a unique and admirable initiative created by developing countries themselves for self-help in S&T-led socio-economic development. He stated that all Member States, including Ghana, have greatly benefitted from the organization during the period of over two decades, due to which, it is in the self-interest of the Member States to provide COMSATS’ maximum financial support.

Earlier, the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, in his introductory remarks, urged the Member States to provide support for strengthening the technical and intellectual resources available at COMSATS’ affiliated R&D organizations and universities for bringing them at par with the highest international standards. He opined that financial inputs in such projects and initiatives are an investment which will certainly pay back. During a technical session later during the day, he presented a detailed overview of COMSATS’ activities and future plans.

Mr. Fazal Abbas Maken, Federal Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of Pakistan, who is the Chairman COMSATS’ Consultative Committee, also spoke on the occasion. He noted the successful holding of the 3rd meeting of COMSATS’ Consultative Committee, in Accra, the previous day. Pointing out the similarity of challenges faced by the developing countries, he considered S&T of key importance in meeting them.

H.E. Mr. Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Government of Ghana, welcomed the delegates to Ghana and wished them productive deliberations during the Meeting. He acknowledged COMSATS’ efforts for promoting peace and prosperity in the Member States by facilitating South-South cooperation in science and technology. He informed that Ghana is a member of various regional and international organizations, and is committed to actively participate in the international activities of COMSATS. Also present at the ceremony was Hon. Dr. Alfred Sugri Tia, Ghanaian Deputy Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation.

Another highlight of the inaugural ceremony was the presentation of certificates to 14 scientists of the Ghanaian Atomic Energy Commission, who had benefitted from the Workshop on Repair and Maintenance of Scientific Instruments, organized by COMSATS in Accra, from 12th to 16th October 2015.

In addition to the Country Statements by the Heads of delegations, the 3rd General Meeting will deliberate extensively on a 14-point agenda, which, inter alia, relates to: South-South cooperation issues and COMSATS’ future programmes; mobilization of financial resources for the organization; and approval of its Statutes.

Upcoming Events

Nov
26
Mon
2018
Workshop on Metrology for Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Gebze Kocaeli, Turkey
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

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BACKGROUND

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.

INTRODUCTION

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.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

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.

FORMAT

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.

TARGETED INDIVIDUALS

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.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants from LDCs and Member States of COMSATS.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Mr. Omer Altan
Head of International Relations Department
TUBITAK UME
Barış Mah. Dr. Zeki Acar Cad. No:1
41470 Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey
Tel: 90 262 679 50 00 ext. 2901
Email: omer.altan@tubitak.gov.tr

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
Email: farhan@comsats.org

Mar
11
Mon
2019
Workshop on Water Resources: Expected Crises and Strategies of Predomination, at National Research Centre, Egypt
Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day

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