Islamabad: The gains of science and technology are expected to grow exponentially for the benefit of nations, especially through the commercialization of research. Pakistan and other developing countries must make concerted efforts in this regard to facilitate their development process.
Federal Minister of Science and Technology Shibli Faraz expressed his vision and advised on key issues related to S&T-led national development during a visit to the Secretariat of the Commission for Science and Technology. Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS), Islamabad, a press release said.
In addition to the Federal Secretary of the MoST, Dr Akhtar Nazir, who is also the current Executive Director of COMSATS, the Minister was accompanied by the Additional Secretary of the MoST, Major Qaiser Majeed Malik.
During the meeting, ministry officials were briefed on COMSATS and its functions and role as an intergovernmental organization of the countries of the South. The presentation was made by senior officials from the COMSATS Secretariat. The briefing presented in detail COMSATS as an international organization focused on development led by S&T. The high-level delegation was briefed on the mandate and mission of COMSATS; statutory bodies and forums; commitments of the Secretariat; flagship projects; international programs and activities; awareness mechanisms and publications. Discussions after the briefing focused on the effectiveness and efficiency of COMSATS programs and operations. In this context, issues related to establishment, administration and finance received greater attention. An overview of the financial situation of COMSATS was given by the Director of Finance who also made key recommendations to improve the current position of COMSATS.
The case of COMSATS Internet Services (CIS), established in 1996, was also examined under a microscope, and the ministry leadership felt the need to take radical action to turn around this pioneering Internet service provider (ISP) in Pakistan.
Dr Nazir, who also chairs one of the statutory bodies of COMSATS in his capacity as an ex officio, noted that international S&T organizations, including those based in Pakistan, have a long way to go to adapt to 21st century needs it has presented in the last two decades. He hopes that COMSATS is aware of this need and will take steps in this direction in the years to come.