Jeddah (IINA) – The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) convened a meeting of the affiliated institutions at the OIC headquarters on Tuesday to review substantive preparations for the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology due to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan on September 10-11.
In his opening remarks, Assistant Secretary General for Science and Technology Ambassador Muhammad Naeem Khan stressed the need for the OIC institutions to develop synergies and enhance partnerships so as to achieve the goals and targets which are outlined in the outcome document of the summit.
The meeting examined the proposed outcome document for the summit compiled by the Standing Committee for Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) with inputs of more than 120 scientists in various disciplines from several member states. Those scientists made valuable of comments on the proposed document which would be incorporated and submitted to the member states for their consideration.
Participating institutions paid tribute to OIC Secretary General Dr. Yousef Al-Othaimeen as well as to the General Secretariat for the high importance accorded to the issue of science, technology and innovation as a key driver to the social and economic development of countries. They also pledged to fully participate in the organization of the summit and to ensure effective implementation of its recommendations.
The First OIC Summit on Science and Technology will be held in pursuance of the resolution of the 12th session of the Islamic Summit Conference, held in Cairo on 6-7 February 2013, which mandated COMSTECH to organize the first summit of OIC member countries devoted exclusively to science and technology.