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COMSATS to ensure sustainable development in the South: Rana Tanveer

Islamabad, March 16, 2017 (PPI-OT):Evaluating the remarkable performance of the COMSATS in promoting science and technology equally in Pakistan as well as in its member states, Minister for Science and Technology Rana Tanveer Hussain has said that the Commission would achieve its goals of sustainable development in the South within its stipulated time.

The minister expressed these remarks at a gathering of diplomats hosted by him to introduce the newly appointed Executive Director of COMSATS (Commission for Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South), Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, who has recently assumed his charge.

He added that the government has now shown added confidence in his abilities by appointing him as the new Executive Director of COMSATS. “It is our firm conviction that, under his able leadership, COMSATS will work rigorously towards achieving the aims and objectives of the Commission.”

The event held at a local hotel had an impressive attendance of 75 dignitaries including ambassadors and representatives from 22 foreign missions in Islamabad. The foreign missions from COMSATS’ member states belonged to Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Iran, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Nigeria, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, and Tunisia, while those from non-member states belonged to Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Brunei, Mauritius, Oman, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Turkey, and Uzbekistan.

In his remarks on the occasion, the minister congratulated Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi on assuming the charge as new Executive Director COMSATS. “His new assignment is a befitting recognition of Dr. Zaidi’s dedicated and selfless services spanning well over 45 years,” the minister said.

High officials from Ministry of S and T, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Planning and Development; COMSATS Secretariat, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, COMSATS Internet Services, and other international organizations also attended the event.

Earlier, Federal Secretary Science and Technology Fazal Abbas Maken appreciated the mandate of COMSATS and its efforts in pursuit of its objectives over the years. He showed his confidence in the new incumbent, who took on the new role equipped with a sound academic background and a vast experience of civil service, education sector, and diplomacy.

Reiterating the minister’s pledge to support COMSATS in future, he urged the foreign missions and the institutions and organizations represented at the dinner to help strengthen COMSATS and support Dr. Zaidi in realizing the Commissions’ objectives.

In his remarks on the occasion, the Executive Director COMSATS expressed his gratitude to the minister for honouring him by hosting the event. He was grateful to the Prime Minister for appointing him as the Executive Director, and expressed gratitude to the federal minister and federal secretary science and technology for the confidence they showed in him.

He held in high regard the efforts of his predecessors. With pledge to do his utmost best in realizing the vision of Dr. Abdus Salam of a more enabled South in terms of S and T cooperation, he sought support from his colleagues and the attendees of the event.

For more information, contact:
Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS)
COMSATS Headquarters: 4th Floor, Shahrah-e-Jamhuriat, Opp. Radio Pakistan,
G-5/2, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: (+92-51) 9214515-17
Fax: (+92-51) 9216539
Email: comsats@comsats.org
Website: http://comsats.org

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