COMSTECH in Brief

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) was established in 1981 under the chairmanship of the President of Pakistan. The Committee was mandated to undertake follow-up-actions and implementation of the resolutions of OIC , to study all possible means of strengthening cooperation among member states, and to draw up programs and submit proposals designed to increase the capability of the Muslim countries in science and technology (S&T). Also, it was entrusted to enable the OIC member states to use S&T and innovation as a major contributor to socio-economic development and rapid industrialization.

The mission of COMSTECH is to contribute towards strengthening the individual and collective capacity of OIC member states in S&T through mutual cooperation, collaboration and networking of resources. Also, it aims to enable the OIC member states to use S&T as a major contributor to socio-economic development and rapid industrialization.

The objectives of COMSTECH include
(i) Assessment of human and material resources of the member states and determination of scientific and technological needs and requirements of the Ummah, (ii) Building of indigenous capabilities of member states in the fields of science and technology through cooperation and mutual assistance, (iii) Promotion of continuing cooperation and coordination in scientific and technological areas amongst the OIC member states with a view to achieving collective strength in science and technology for solution of the problems of the OIC member states, and (iv) Creation of an effective institutional structure for planning, research, development and monitoring of scientific and technological activities at national, regional, and international levels.

COMSTECH functions in collaboration with member states of the OIC and maintains working relations with all their major Scientific and Technological Institutions, as well as some other international organizations. The latter include The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Islamic Scientific, Educational and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Global Environment Facility (GEF), United Nations Education Program (UNEP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), International Foundation for Science, Stockholm (IFS), etc.

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.

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The Eighth General Assembly of COMSTECH held in 1997 decided to give COMSTECH Awards in four disciplines namely Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics to honor distinguished individuals whose scientific and technological innovations in a specific field of science have led to important scientific discoveries. Awards in two subjects are given during a regular session of COMSTECH General Assembly. The Award carries a cash prize of US$ 5000 and a shield of honor for the recipient.

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COMSTECH Secretariat, 33-Constitution Avenue, G-5/2, Islamabad Phone: (+92 51) 9220681 - Fax: (+92 51) 9211115 - COMSTECH Official Email