Rana Tanveer puts new life in COMSTECH
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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