PR No .263 Islamabad

President Mamnoon Hussain has said that by promoting science and technology in the Muslim societies poverty can be eliminated, health facilities improved and adequate provision of water, food and energy ensured.

The President said this while addressing the 15thInaugural Session of General Assembly of COMSTECH here in Islamabad on Tuesday.

The President stated that we can raise the standard of living of people and eliminate poverty with the promotion of science and technology. The President said that the purpose of holding COMSTECH General Assembly session is to promote science and technology in the Islamic World.

President Mamnoon said that Muslim countries should achieve the objectives envisaged in the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations through development of science and technology. The President stated that we will be able to succeed in strengthening academic foundations in our societies by emulating our great traditions and promoting science and technology.

The President underlined that Muslims made extraordinary contributions in the progress of science but lamented that despite being endowed with natural resources, we are now far behind the contemporary world.

President Mamnoon noted that the combined budget of Muslim countries for science and technology is merely 2.4 percent in comparison to the developed world and the Muslim world contributes only 6 percent of the scientific articles published globally. The President noted that Muslim world had to rely on the developed countries to meet its technological needs adding that the Muslim countries should promptly raise its research and development budget as only a skilled human resource can lead to progress of a society.

“We must make every effort to provide our people the institutional support that they need to explore the limits of their minds and produce highly qualified scientists who are the most valuable asset of any society”, emphasized the President.

The President noted with appreciation that COMSTECH has been actively pursuing a number of programmes aimed at building the competence of member states in science and technology adding that its 10-year plan for progress of science and technology in Muslim states is very important which could pave the way for progress and prosperity.

During the 15th Inaugural Session of General Assembly of COMSTECH prayers were said for early recovery of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

It may be mentioned that all member countries of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) are participating in COMSTECH General Assembly. On the occasion, President Mamnoon distributed certificates amongst the eminent scientists of the Muslim world. Federal Minister for Science & Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain, Secretary General Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Iyad Ameen Madani, President Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali and Coordinator General COMSTECH Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan also spoke on the occasion.