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A delegation of COMSATS participated in the 15th INSME Annual Meeting “Fintech & Logistics: New Technologies and Markets for SMEs” held in Naples, Italy, from 6th to 7th June 2019. The delegation comprised of Dr. Kamran Jahangir, Advisor Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Mr. Laeeq Hassan Jaswal, Manager Strategic Partnerships, COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad.

The International Network of Small and Medium Enterprises (INSME) has 64 members from 30 different countries of Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas. Its mission is to provide an international platform to SME policy makers, intermediaries, practitioners, researchers and networks working in the fields of innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship.

This year’s INSME meeting was aimed at understanding market scenarios and seizing opportunities; presenting emerging technologies, business models and best practices; and characterizing the business ecosystem needed to support the technological change.

The session on Fintech explored themes like: Fintech opportunities for SMEs; the wider impact of digitalization on SMEs; competences and skills in the era of Fintech. While concluding the session Mr. Giuseppe Tripoli, Secretary General, Italian Union of Chambers of Commerce appreciated the role of Fintech in social inclusion through greater business opportunities for small and medium enterprise. He reiterated his country’s support for more research and collaboration in this important area of global economy. The Fintech session was followed by the General Assembly session.

The second day of the meeting discussed in detail the role, opportunities and challenges to logistics for SMEs in the Mediterranean region. The panel deliberated upon: possibilities of having an impact on business by bringing innovations in logistics and supply chains, especially trading platform, trade finance and e-commerce. While concluding the event, Mr. Giovanni Zazzerini, Secretary General of INSME, thanked the participants for their presence and contribution to the meeting.

Availing the opportunity of attending the INSME meetings, COMSATS’ officials held sidelines meetings with senior officials of INSME in order to explore avenues of cooperation. Possibilities of collaboration between INSME and COMSATS for co-bidding of EU project as well as to hold INSME Annual meeting in Islamabad in 2021 were also explored during the meetings.

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International Workshop on Learning about Sustainability, SDGs and Global Challenges, Gebze, Turkey.
Dec 3 – Dec 5 all-day

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1. Background and rationale
Since the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, the achievement of their targets has become a high priority. However, full awareness about the SDGs and the associated Global Challenges at the level of young scientists and researchers is often inadequate. Their role in contributing towards fostering scientific knowledge, technology and innovation is crucial for finding solutions to the sustainability issues. A workshop is being organized aimed at early-career researchers to deepen their understanding of the SDGs.

2. Introduction
In order to raise awareness on SDGs and the associated challenges faced by humanity globally, and to build capacity of young scientists and researchers in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and other countries lagging in science and technology, The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), in collaboration with the TWAS Regional Partner for East and South-East Asia and the Pacific, and COMSATS’ Centre for Climate and Sustainability (CCCS), are organizing an international workshop titled ‘Sustainability, SDGs and Global Challenges’. The workshop will be hosted by TUBITAK, at Gebze, Turkey, on 3 – 5 December 2019.

This activity will be within the pursuits of COMSATS and TWAS. COMSATS Centres of Excellence are reservoirs of scientific research capabilities and expertise in diverse fields. Their contribution in enhancing the capacity of COMSATS’ member countries especially the LDCs and countries on the verge of developing ST for SDGs is a strong manifestation of south-south cooperation and commitment to sustainability. The offer of TUBITAK, the COMSATS’ Centre of Excellence in Turkey, to host the workshop is deeply appreciated.

3. Focus and Possible Topics
If SDGs are to bring about transformative changes in the socio-economic and socio-technical systems, it is imperative to promote active links and dialogue among different actors, disciplines and knowledge holders. This would enable better understanding of the challenges confronted by humanity and possible progress toward their solutions. It is important for all stakeholders to imagine SDGs as a whole, interlinked and interactive process and systems. Hence the overarching aim of the workshop is to provide an overview and training on the concept of sustainable development; the rationale of SDGs; importance of targets set as benchmarks for monitoring the progress of the implementation processes; and on the planetary boundaries. This is expected to provide a useful backdrop to more focused deliberations on three crucial topics: climate, energy and biodiversity. Though these are covered under most of the Goals, the specific ones could be identified as: Goal 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

4. Structure of Workshop
The structure of the workshop is based on presentations by international experts in the fields identified, which will be followed by interactive sessions. The idea is to engage with the participants and involve them in brainstorming on key issues. The handouts and possible reading material will be provided. The participants will be expected to suggest their views on the solutions specific to their countries/regions.

5. Targeted Individuals
The focus of the workshop is on the LDCs and S&T Lagging countries, especially those that are members of TWAS and COMSATS. Young affiliates & scientists holding PhD (graduated at least 3 years ago), belonging to LDCs/S&T Lagging Countries, and the host country are encouraged to participate in the event.

6. Financial Support
Partial or full financial support will be provided to selected foreign participants belonging to LDCs/S&T Lagging Countries ( The local hospitality will be provided to the foreign participants by TUBITAK, Turkey.

7. Application Procedure
The candidates are required to submit their CVs, duly filled-in application forms (enclosed), expression of interest (up to 500 words), passport copy, and nomination/recommendation letters at the following email addresses:; on or before 18th September 2019.

8. For further information, please contact:

Dr. Max Paoli
Programme Coordinator, TWAS, Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 2240-327
Fax: +39 040 224559

Mr. Farhan Ansari
Sr. Assistant Director (Programmes),
COMSATS Headquarters, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel: +92 51 9214515-7
Fax: +92 51 9216539

Dr. Orkun Hasekioglu
Ankara, Turkey

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