Rana Tan­veer puts new life in COMSTECH

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

IOr­ga­ni­za­tion T is af­ter a long long time that Pak­istan is host­ing an im­pres­sive moot of the

of Is­lamic Co­op­er­a­tion (OIC) on science and tech­nol­ogy. The 15th Ses­sion of the COMSTECH Gen­eral Assem­bly has brought to­gether Min­is­ters and of­fi­cials con­cerned as well as ex­perts for a brain­storm­ing ses­sion on pro­mo­tion of science and tech­nol­ogy in the Is­lamic world.

The OIC Min­is­te­rial Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Sci­en­tific and Tech­no­log­i­cal Co­op­er­a­tion was es­tab­lished by the third Is­lamic Sum­mit held in Makkah in Jan­uary 1981 with the man­date to un­der­take fol­low up ac­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion of OIC res­o­lu­tions be­sides con­tribut­ing to­wards strength­en­ing science and tech­nol­ogy ca­pac­ity of OIC mem­ber states. In the first place, the OIC was founded in 1969 and it took 12 years to cre­ate a spe­cial body de­voted to S&T de­vel­op­ment. But one must ac­knowl­edge that in the ini­tial years the COMSTECH, the head­quar­ters of which is in Pak­istan, pro­gressed well but with the pas­sage of time it be­came lack­lus­tre mainly be­cause of lack of vi­sion on the part of au­thor­i­ties con­cerned. This sorry state of af­fairs was at its peak when COMSTECH sum­mit was re­peat­edly post­poned and fi­nally shifted to Kaza­khstan. How­ever, one must give credit to Min­is­ter for Science and Tech­nol­ogy Rana Tan­wir Hus­sain for in­fus­ing new spirit in the or­ga­ni­za­tion. He has been in­stru­men­tal in push­ing COMSTECH of­fi­cials to de­vise ways and means to make it re­spon­sive to the present-day re­quire­ments when there is hardly any dis­pute that the Mus­lim world lags be­hind mainly be­cause of its fail­ure to pri­ori­tise ed­u­ca­tion, science and tech­nol­ogy and re­search and de­vel­op­ment. The Min­is­ter is a man of ideas and we hope he will see to it that the enor­mous po­ten­tial that ex­ists for de­vel­op­ment of S&T through mu­tual col­lab­o­ra­tion of the Is­lamic world is ma­te­ri­alised through in­no­va­tive poli­cies and mo­bi­liza­tion of nec­es­sary re­sources.

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