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    COMSATS, ISESCO ink accord for joint cooperation

    17 Apr 2018

    The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO) based in Morocco, have signed an agreement for joint cooperation during 2018.

    The agreement was signed by the Executive Director of COMSATS Dr. S M Junaid Zaidi, and Director General of ISESCO Dr. Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, on behalf of their respective organisations. The accord will pave the way for strengthening partnership and coordination between ISESCO and COMSATS for facilitating the socio-economic development of common member countries. COMSATS and ISESCO have 17 common member countries, 9 belonging to Africa and 8 to Asia.

    Under the agreement, COMSATS and ISESCO will organise three international capacity building events during 2018 in the fields of cyber security; agriculture, food security and biotechnology; and repair and maintenance of scientific equipment. These workshops will facilitate in building indigenous capacity of scientists, engineers and technicians belonging to the common member countries in the targeted fields.

    COMSATS is collaborating with ISESCO since 2004, under a Memorandum of Understanding signed in March 2004. So far, the two organizations have jointly organized 52 capacity building events in fields of science and technology that are most relevant to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These activities have trained thousands of engineers, scientists and technicians. In the past, the two organisations have also supported joint research projects and brought out joint publications.

    The heads of the two organisations discussed the possibility of setting-up joint research centres, technoparks, and top-class universities in the common member countries, with potential support from international donor and development agencies. The possibility of supporting joint research projects, conducing focused training activities, and launching tele-health facilities in the common member countries was also discussed.

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