Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri underlines the role of science and technology in industrial development during Executive Committee Meeting of COMSTECH
• Sarah Al Amiri: “Technology is becoming one of the vital tools that enables us to remain resilient and agile.”
The ministerial-level meeting, a hybrid event chaired by President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan and the chairman of COMSTECH, Dr Arif Alvi, convened to review the progress made over the last 12 months and set the priorities for the year ahead. It covered the disbursement of grants to research projects of which almost 50 percent were given to women in developing countries, as well as scholarship programs, specialist COMSTECH research awards, participation in international exhibitions, and the importance of developing virtual education tools to develop science and technology skills in COMSTECH countries.
Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri addressed the committee to reassert the importance of science and technology as a driver of development, saying that COMSTECH members must use the tools they currently have to continue to push forward the agenda of science and technology.
Her Excellency also restated the aims of the Abu Dhabi Declaration, which was adopted during the 2nd OIC Summit on Science and Technology under the theme of Science, Technology and Innovation: Opening New Horizons, that sought to ensure that science and technology is a vital pillar of every member state’s national priorities due to its increasingly prominent role as a driver of economic development.
“Innovation and technology cannot thrive without a suitable ecosystem that supports science, research and development. Governments in the Islamic world and beyond must invest in cultivating a culture of innovation and building the frameworks that allow technology to flourish. But equally important is for the public sector to engage with top private sector partners and academic institutions. This approach ensures our best talents are galvanized, our rich knowledge and experiences are shared, and our diverse resources are pooled. By adopting this three-way model, countries can boost agility, enhance economic resilience, and ultimately strengthen supply chains and food security.”
In addition to her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, the 31st Executive Committee Meeting of COMSTECH was attended by ministers from Algeria, Kazakhstan, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, State of Palestine, State of Qatar and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
COMSTECH is a Ministerial Standing Committee of 57 OIC member states comprising of ministers in charge of Science and Technology. The COMSTECH holds its General Assembly meeting once every two years in Islamabad and the Executive Committee meeting once every year.
September 30, 2022