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 grants

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COMSTECH News & Events
  • 04May,

  • 11Apr,

    Consultation Workshop on Development of Multi
    National Project on Plant Genetic Resources
    organized by COMSTECH, FAO and PARC.

  • 8-10Apr,

    COMSTECH-ICGEB-NIBGE Joint Workshop on
    "Use of Genome Editing and Other New Breeding
    Technologies for Global Food Security" held at
    COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad

  • 10Apr,

    Dr. Khareasat visited COMSTECH during the
    International Workshop on Genome Editing and
    other Breeding Technologies for Food Security,
    at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad.

  • 11Apr,

    Consultation Workshop being organized by COMSTECH,
    FAO and PARC

  • 19Mar,

    Meeting between COMSTECH and IsDB Delegation.

  • 18-19Mar,

    The 1st Meeting of the Steering Committee for the
    Implementation of the STI Agenda 2026 successfully
    concluded at the COMSTECH Secretariat Islamabad.

  • 20Feb,

    President for united efforts by Muslim countries
    to secure bright future.

  • 25-28Mar,

  • 15Feb,

    Ambassador Naeem Khan, Assistant Secretary General OIC,
    visited COMSTECH 2019. Various S&T initiatives of
    COMSTECH, including the planned 1st Meeting of the
    Steering Committee (STI Agenda 2026), were discussed.

  • 06Feb,

    Executive Director SDPI Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri
    visited COMSTECH to discuss possible avenues of
    collaboration for SDGs implementation in OIC countries.

  • 2019

    Call for Nominations for the 69th Lindau Nobel
    Laureate Meeting Dedicated to Physics.

    (30-June to 05-July, 2019) Venue: Germany.

  • 26Dec,

    The Consular of the Embassy of Republic of
    Kazakhstan Mr. Arman Tynybek visited
    COMSTECH Secretariat

  • 2018

    Prof. M.Qasim Jan, Adviser COMSTECH was invited
    as key speaker on the occasion of World Science Day
    for Peace and Development (WSDPD) hosted by
    Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).

  • Oct

    Govt to provide funds for promoting pharmaceutical
    research culture:

    Azam Swati (Federal Minister for Science & Technology)

  • 16Oct,

    Meeting between H.E. Mr. Furkat Sidikov,
    Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of
    Uzbekistan and Dr. S. Khurshid Hasanain,
    Adviser COMSTECH

  • 03Sep,

    The President of Pakistan in his capacity as
    Chairman COMSTECH has approved the look after
    charge of the post of Coordinator General
    COMSTECH to Dr. Tariq Banuri.

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