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COMSATS Explores Cooperation Avenues with ACDIS-II & Science Diplomacy Division, MoFA, Pakistan

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On 24th December 2018, a delegation from a newly established Division, Arms Control and Disarmament Division-II (ACDIS-II) & Science Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Government of Pakistan, visited COMSATS Secretariat upon invitation from the Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi. The meeting, held in the presence of senior officials of COMSATS, was aimed at strengthening bilateral cooperation and earning the support of MoFA for furthering COMSATS’ programmes oriented towards achieving sustainable development within the landscape of Science Diplomacy.

During the meeting, the delegation comprising Ms. Saima Syed – Director, and Mr. Kamran Ahmad – Assistant Director, ACDIS-II & Science Diplomacy, MoFA, received a briefing on COMSATS by Dr. Zaidi. The Executive Director underscored major achievements of the Organization and its contribution towards the promotion of S&T in COMSATS Member States including Pakistan. Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador (R) Fauzia Nasreen, Advisor (SDGs) at COMSATS Secretariat, added that COMSATS has always remained cognizant of the need of Science Diplomacy for national progress and development and has, therefore, given it a due place in COMSATS objectives. She opined that Science Diplomacy could serve as a tool to address ever increasing global challenges of socio-economic nature through forging constructive international partnerships.

It was informed by Ms. Saima Syed that ACDIS-II & Science Diplomacy Division has recently been established by MoFA in order to facilitate scientific collaboration between national stakeholders and international partners, as a part of Pakistani’s diplomatic outreach in support of the government’s socio-economic development priorities. In line with this, Pakistani missions abroad, she added, have been tasked with the responsibility to build and reinforce bilateral linkages especially in the area of Science Diplomacy; identify funding sources; as well as map emerging trends and technologies for the stakeholders in Pakistan.

Further, avenues were explored for due utilization of COMSATS’ platform for leveraging partnerships on scientific grounds with international organizations particularly Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in order to secure international support for various scientific and research-based initiatives. Both sides pledged to engage relevant stakeholders through Science Diplomacy for achieving socio-economic development in accordance with 2030 Global Agenda.

The meeting ended with a note to advance cooperation for science-led national development with a view to create positive image of Pakistan in the world.

Upcoming Events

Apr
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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
Email: tajammul@comsats.org

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
Email: farhan@comsats.org

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
Email: sun_jb@tib.cas.cn

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
E-mail: chai_qq@tib.cas.cn
http://english.tib.cas.cn

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