Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andleeb Abbas has appreciated performance of COMSATS. She stated in a briefing held at COMSATS Secretariat, Islamabad.
Andleeb was appreciated of the mandate with which the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South is operating and contributing to the wellbeing of the developing world.
The briefing was made by Dr. S.M. Junaid Zaidi, the incumbent Executive Director COMSATS, and founding rector of COMSATS University Islamabad in presences of COMSATS’ officials.
Ms. Andleeb was appreciated of the mandate with which the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South is operating and contributing to the wellbeing of the developing world. She considered S&T the backbone of any developmental activity and a great driver of a knowledge economy and innovation. She shared the vision of the current government to have the Universities major contributors towards making Pakistan a knowledge economy.
Answering questions, Ms. Andleeb laid emphasis on the importance of small fora of South-South cooperation and S&T-led development in aiding Science diplomacy.
She considered it crucial for developing countries to acquire soft power through science, education, sports and culture diplomacy to further their chances of global recognition and acceptance.
Among the SDGs, she considered it important to improve targets related to child and women childbirth mortality rates, for which she pointed out some interventions the government is making.
Ms. Andleeb offered support to COMSATS’ operations for improving its national and international stature.