Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of So­ma­lia Joins COMSATS

The Diplomatic Insight - - Editor's Note - Rep­re­sent­ing So­ma­lia, the Am­bas­sador of So­ma­lia to Islamabad, Pak­istan, H.

num­ber of for­eign dig­ni­taries, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Pak­istani Min­istries of S&T, and For­eign Af­fairs in­clud­ing na­tional and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions gath­ered in Islamabad to cel­e­brate in­duc­tion of Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of So­ma­lia as the 26th Mem­ber State of the Com­mis­sion on Science and Tech­nol­ogy for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment in the South (COMSATS). The Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of So­ma­lia for­mally be­came COMSATS’ mem­ber dur­ing a sign­ing cer­e­mony held last re­cently at COMSATS Sec­re­tar­iat, when the Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion, Cul­ture, and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of So­ma­lia, H.E Mr. Abdi Dahir Os­man, and Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor COMSATS, Dr. S. M. Ju­naid Zaidi, signed So­ma­lia’s ac­ces­sion agree­ment. With 26 States as its mem­bers , COMSATS has an outreach in four con­ti­nents, the other two be­ing Latin Amer­i­can and Africa. In­clu­sion of So­ma­lia has fur­ther strength­ened COMSATS’ pres­ence in Africa. So­ma­lia is the 12th African State to join the or­ga­ni­za­tion. Be­sides COMSATS, So­ma­lia cur­rently holds mem­ber­ship in African De­vel­op­ment Bank (ADB), Eco­nomic Com­mis­sion for Africa (ECA), Food and Agri­cul­ture Or­ga­ni­za­tion (FAO), G-77, IDA, IDB, IFAD, NAM, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, WTFU, WHO, and WTO. Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Dr. Zaidi wel­comed So­ma­lia to COMSATS’ fra­ter­nity. Tak­ing stock of the chal­lenges be­ing faced by the de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, Dr. Zaidi as­serted the need to have stronger in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tions to help over­come com­mon chal­lenges. of strength­en­ing the tri­an­gu­lar re­la­tion­ship, Dr. Zaidi said that COMSATS is set to fur­ther strengthen its South-South and North-South co­op­er­a­tion along with its ef­forts to ex­pand the hori­zons of its mem­ber­ship. The Mem­ber States of COMSATS, now the op­por­tu­ni­ties aris­ing from new and broader in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tions. E. Ms. Khadija Al­makhzoumi, spoke on the oc­ca­sion. She was pleased for a num­ber of op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able with COMSATS and looked for­ward to the coun­try be­ing an ac­tive part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s in­ter­na­tional ac­tiv­i­ties. By virtue of this mem­ber­ship, So­ma­lia will be rep­re­sented at the Heads-ofS­tate level Com­mis­sion of COMSATS and the min­is­te­rial-level Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee. The coun­try can now also have rep­re­sen­ta­tion at COMSATS’ tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion fo­rum, the Co­or­di­nat­ing Council. Fed­eral Re­pub­lic of So­ma­lia would COMSATS’ schol­ar­ships schemes to study at COMSATS’ Net­work Mem­bers in­clud­ing COMSATS In­sti­tute of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (CIIT), as well as joint re­search un­der COMSATS In­ter­na­tional The­matic Re­search Groups. COMSATS is work­ing in close col­lab­o­ra­tion with In­sti­tute of Peace and Diplo­matic Stud­ies to pro­mote the ob­jec­tives of the COMSATS and in­crease the mem­ber­ship of the coun­tries of the South.

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