International Seminar on Pharmaceutical Manufacturing in OIC Member States: Status and Future

Jointly organized by OIC- COMSTECH and Pakistan Academy of Sciences.

Date: January 24, 2024

Venue: COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad

The pharmaceutical manufacturing industry is instrumental in the production of medications and healthcare products, serving a pivotal role in global health. With a primary objective to create pharmaceutical drugs and healthcare products that are safe, effective, and of high quality, the industry engages in a diverse range of activities, including research and development, drug formulation, manufacturing, packaging, and distribution.

While some nations have well-established pharmaceutical industries, others grapple with challenges in fostering robust manufacturing capabilities. Import dependency, a historical trend in several OIC countries, renders them vulnerable to disruptions in the global supply chain. Acknowledging the importance of pharmaceutical self-reliance, some OIC member countries have embarked on initiatives involving significant investments in research and development, technology transfer, and capacity building. Collaborative efforts, knowledge-sharing, and regional cooperation are underway to strengthen pharmaceutical industries collectively.

This seminar will analyze the status of indigenous pharmaceutical manufacturing in OIC Member States and the way forward to achieve self-sustenance.

Topics to be covered:

  1. Policy and Regulatory Landscape
  2. Technological Innovations and Research
  3. Capacity Building and Skill Development
  4. Sustainability in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
  5. Public-Private Partnerships
  6. Technology Transfer and Knowledge Exchange
  7. Incorporating Traditional Medicine
  8. Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  9. Case Studies and Success Stories
  10. Intellectual Property and Innovation


The speakers for this seminar will be from Academia, Drug Regulation Authority Pakistan (DRAP), Industry, Economists, Chamber of Commerce, and Technical Experts.

Registration Process:

  • For physical participation register at the following link: Click Here
    Physical Participation is open for participants from Islamabad/Rawalpindi.   
  • For virtual participation register at the following link: Click Here 
  • Read instructions in the application form carefully and submit a properly filled form.
  • Selected candidates will be notified through email; hence, applicants are required to check their emails regularly.


The workshop will be held at the COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan. The city with the backdrop of Margalla Hills and National Park was purpose-built as the capital of sixth largest globally and second most populous (in OIC) country Pakistan in the year 1966. Pakistan, according to the Forbes magazine, is a hidden treasure for tourists with rich cultural diversity, ancient history, diverse landscape, cuisines, modern cities, and locally produced items.

Technical Focal Person:
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Wasay
Section of Neurology, The Agha Khan University, Pakistan
Past Secretary, Sind Chapter, Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Workshop Coordinators:

Muhammad Haris Akram
Program Manager
COMSTECH, Islamabad.
Phone: +92 51 9220681

Muhammad Haseeb Ahmad
Program Officer
COMSTECH, Islamabad.

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