Comsats gets Tanzania pledge to boost S&T coop

Islamabad: The Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) and the Tanzania Commission for Science & Technology (COSTECH) have pledged to further their scientific cooperation to ensure latest research in science and technology fields.

Tanzania is a founding member country of COMSATS and COSTECH has an important advisory role in that country’s all matters relating to S&T and R&D and resources.

A delegation of COMSATS, led by the organization’s Executive Director Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, has held a meeting with Director General COSTECH Dr. Hassan Mshinda in Dar-es-Salam to review the ongoing cooperation with scientific institutions of Tanzania, says a press release issued by the COMSATS headquarters Islamabad on Wednesday.

On the occasion, besides other matters, the mechanism of South-South cooperation adopted by COMSATS for passing on the benefits of S&T advancements, was highlighted.

Dr. Qureshi expressed satisfaction that under this cooperation mechanism COMSATS, in collaboration with its international partners organizations, could organize the recently concluded five-day training workshop titled ‘Internet Security: Enhancing Information Exchange Safeguards’ to benefit the young researchers, professionals, academicians, system administrators and programmers working in the field of Internet/information security, belonging to Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda.

The Director General COSTECH assured COMSATS of its support to effectively coordinate the programmes and activities of COMSATS in Tanzania. COSTECH is an umbrella organization of over 50 institutions working in the fields of agriculture and livestock; industry and energy; natural resources; medicine and public health; as well as higher education.

It was also agreed that COSTECH would encourage Tanzanian students to avail the postgraduate scholarship offered by COMSATS CIIT and other centres of excellence of COMSATS.

In another meeting, with Prof. Patrick Makungu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Tanzania, COMSATS’ programmes related to higher education, capacity-building and scientific research were discussed.

The Permanent Secretary appreciated the efforts being made by COMSATS to facilitate capacity building of Tanzanian institutions and the higher education opportunities made available to Tanzanian students.

The COMSATS’ delegation also held a meeting with senior officials of Tanzania Academy of Sciences, its President, Prof. Esther Mwaikambo, and Executive Director, Dr. A. P. Nanyaro. The scientific potential of Tanzanian universities and organizations came under discussion with these officials.

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