Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS)

COMSATS and ECOSF Sign MoU to Address Climate Change and STI Collaboration

COMSATS and ECOSF Sign MoU to Address Climate Change and STI Collaboration

COMSATS has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) to cooperate and collaborate for addressing significant challenges faced by their respective member states leveraging each other’s expertise in Science, Technology, and Innovation (ST&I).

Climate Change, which poses a serious global threat to sustainable socio-economic growth, the agreement aims to mobilize academia, S&T, and R&D institutes to promote innovation, capacity building, institutional strengthening, sharing knowledge and expertise.

Signed at the COMSATS Secretariat on 2nd July 2024, the MoU also facilitates the exchange of, technological know-how, data, and good practices to strengthen the Sustainable Development Agenda. The partnership will build on the ongoing activities and commitment to R&D and innovation of both COMSATS and ECOSF. It will leverage their joint expertise to address emerging research questions that underscore practical challenges in designing, adopting, and governing sustainable systems. Both organizations will support each other in ST&I-based joint policy research and development for their respective member countries. Alongside officials from COMSATS and ECOSF, the ceremony was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), COMSATS’ partner organizations such as the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) And the Climate Resourcing Coordination Centre (CRCC), as well as representatives from the diplomatic missions of Kazakhstan, Iran, Turkmenistan, and Syria in Pakistan.

Speaking at the event, Executive Director of COMSATS, Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, remarked, “By combining our research strengths and technological expertise, both organizations will be able to have a stronger grip on the development in S&T, an imperative for enabling society to effectively tackle significant challenges with self-reliance.”

President of ECOSF, Prof. Seyed Komail Tayebi, expressed his gratitude to COMSATS for this partnership, stating, “COMSATS has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to supporting and enhancing the national capacities of developing countries in ST&I. Their dedication to promoting South-South cooperation is admirable and aligns perfectly with our goal of fostering economic and social development through regional and sub-regional collaboration.”