UAE Minister takes part at 31st Executive Committee Meeting of COMSTECH

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Sarah Al Amiri at COMSTECH
31st Executive Committee Meeting of COMSTECH | Image Courtesy: WAM

UAE’s Minister of State for Public Education and Advanced Technology, Ms. Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri recently took part in the 31st Executive Committee Meeting of COMSTECH, the Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The primary goal of COMSTECH is to strengthen the collaboration between the OIC member states in science and technology, with a focus on developing programs and initiatives to boost capacities in these areas throughout the Muslim world.

Dr. Arif Alvi, Chairman of COMSTECH and President of Islamic Republic of Pakistan chaired the hybrid event to assess the progress made over the previous 12 months and establish the priorities for the coming year.

The virtual gathering covered the awarding of grants for research projects, of which nearly 50 percent went to women in developing nations, as well as the scholarship programs, COMSTECH-specific research awards, participation in international exhibitions, and the significance of creating online learning resources to advance science and technology skills in COMSTECH countries.

In her address, Ms. Al Amiri, reaffirmed the significance of science and technology as a force behind the development and urged COMSTECH members to continue advancing the cause of science and technology with the resources at their disposal.

Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri
Sarah bint Yousif Al Amiri
Minister of State
Public Education &
Advanced Technology

“Innovation and technology cannot thrive without a suitable ecosystem that supports science, research and development. Governments in the Islamic world and beyond must invest in cultivating a culture of innovation and building the frameworks that allow technology to flourish. But equally important is for the public sector to engage with top private sector partners and academic institutions. This approach ensures our best talents are galvanized, our rich knowledge and experiences are shared, and our diverse resources are pooled. By adopting this three-way model, countries can boost agility, enhance economic resilience, and ultimately strengthen supply chains and food security.”

The Executive Committee Meeting of COMSTECH was attended by ministers from Algeria, Kazakhstan, the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the State of Palestine, the State of Qatar, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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