Rabat (UNA-OIC) – The Islamic World Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) and the OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) held a videoconference on Wednesday, to explore cooperation prospects between the two parties in the fields of science, technology, scientific research and higher education.
During the meeting, ICESCO Director-General Dr. Salim Mohammed AlMalik reaffirmed the Organization’s keenness to cooperate with COMSTECH. He also expressed ICESCO’s interest in implementing joint programs for the benefit of the Islamic world countries in the fields of science and technology and building the capacities of scientists and research centers in these countries.
For his part, COMSTECH General Coordinator Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Choudhary welcomed the cooperation invitation of the Rabat-based ICESCO. He noted that the two parties have already worked together to implement a number of joint initiatives and programs.
Several key topics figured in the discussion, where the parties planned to organize a joint activity on artificial intelligence (AI), and the proposed network of universities for the fellowship program between the Higher Education Committee (HEC) and the COMSTECH. The meeting also discussed ICESCO’s participation in the second edition of the Robotics Competition; and the ICESCO-COMSTECH joint initiative on “Women in Science in OIC’s African Member States”.
The two parties agreed to examine the activities that can join the teams of ICESCO and COMSTECH for successful implementation. They also agreed to plan and implement robust programs with tangible impacts on science, technology, and scientific research in the Islamic world.
COMSTECH is a ministerial committee, established in 1981, following a resolution issued by the Third Islamic Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, held in Makkah, Saudi Arabia, that same year. The President of Pakistan is the chairman of Islamabad-based COMSTECH. The committee tracks the implementation of OIC’s resolutions related to science and technology and supports cooperation between the countries of the Islamic world in these fields.