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2nd Regional Workshop on National Innovation System and Intellectual Property (African Region) Inaugurated in Morocco

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COMSATS-ISESCO-INIT Regional Workshop on National Innovation System and Intellectual Property for the African region was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Amina Al Hajri, Deputy Director-General of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), on November 25, 2014, in Rabat, Morocco. The three-day event is being jointly organized by ISESCO; Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS); and the Inter Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT).

The event is the 2nd of the series of workshops under the theme. The workshop for African Region has five technical sessions and will cover a wide range of talks focusing on policy, strategy and implementation aspects of national innovation system with special reference to Africa. Country case studies will also be presented by subject experts, officials and representatives of governments of the participating countries.

In her welcome address, Dr. Amina remarked, “In this globalized world, Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) have become a key element for industrial competitiveness amid intense competition and a fast changing market environment.” While stressing the importance of innovation and research, she informed that ISESCO Centre for promotion of Scientific Research (ICPSR) was a specialized body of ISESCO with a mandate to contribute towards advancing the quality of scientific research in the Muslim World. She said that ICPSR has been focusing on helping member countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 through promotion of innovative scientific research as stipulated in its three-year action plan. She hoped that the workshop will be instrumental in sharing best practices, and highlighting strengths and weaknesses in the areas of national innovation system and intellectual property in ISESCO’ African Member countries.

Addressing the gathering at the inauguration, Mr. Tahir Naeem, Executive Director INIT, highlighted the theoretical background of national innovation system. He noted that Africa has a pattern of national boundaries of ethnic, religious and tribal subsystems, more complex than any other continent. Today he noted, Africa has grand opportunities for economic transformation and development. He opined that knowledge production and its valorization are crucial for transformation into a stable intellectual property regime, and South-South cooperation could provide a good mechanism in this regard.

Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, Executive Director COMSATS, in his message read out on the occasion by Mr. Tajammul Hussain, Advisor (Programmes) COMSATS, noted that the world is passing through a period of rapid development in all areas of science and technology that has created a greater need for understanding and modelling national innovation processes and systems, while developing means to safeguard scientific advances, ideas, and business interests in the developing world. Dr. Qureshi informed that COMSATS has always promoted scientific cooperation for the socio-economic development of its member countries, and stressed the importance of creating regional linkages aimed at building effective national innovation systems. He also acknowledged the continuous support of ISESCO and INIT towards COMSATS’ international programmes and activities in the common Member States.

This three-day workshop is expected to benefit around 30 policy practitioners, academicians and government functionaries working in the field of National Innovation System and Intellectual Property from 15 countries, including Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo and Uganda.

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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Mar 11 – Mar 12 all-day