Federal Republic of Somalia Joins COMSATS
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.