COMSTECH is a Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological
Cooperation established by the Third Islamic Summit of
OIC held at Makkah, Saudi
Arabia in January 1981. Its mission is to help strengthen the individual and
collective capacity of OIC member states in science and technology through
mutual cooperation, collaboration, and networking of resources.
COMSTECH enables the OIC member states to use science and technology as a major
contributor towards socio-economic development and rapid industrialization in
the OIC region. It is entrusted with the follow up actions on science and
technology related decisions of the Summit and creating successful
implementation strategies. All of the
OIC member states are
members of COMSTECH.
The OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation
(COMSTECH) was established by the Third Islamic Summit held at Makkah, Saudi Arabia,
in January 1981. Behind its set-up were the objectives to undertake follow up actions
and implementation of the OIC resolutions, and to contribute towards strengthening
the science and technology (S&T) capacity of the OIC member states through mutual
cooperation, collaboration and networking of resources.
Since its inception, COMSTECH
has taken many initiatives for the promotion of S&T in the OIC member states. Some
of these programmes include research grants, training courses, travel support, institution
building, establishment of Inter-Islamic Networks, Literature Search Service, etc.
It also initiated a number of other activities summarized in Section 4 of this document.
One of these is the establishment of COMSTECH Science, Technology & Innovation (STI)
Policy Research Training Centre in 2006.
A major focus of COMSTECH has been on human
resource development. Through joint research grants programmes with International
Foundation for Science (IFS), Islamic Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization
(ISESCO), The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), The Eastern Mediterranean Regional
Office of the World Health Organization (WHO/EMRO), and Inter-Islamic Network on
Water Resources Development and Management (INWRDAM), COMSTECH has awarded US$ 5.4489/-
million to 518 projects during 1998-2014. Figure 1 gives details of the grants to
various OIC member states, and Figure 2 depicts year-wise distribution of these
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