Minister offers Comsats member countries coronavirus support.


ISLAMABAD -- Minister for Science and Technology Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Monday offered Comsats member countries and other developing nations support for their coronavirus response through expertise sharing and the provision of equipment.

'Pakistan is ready to support Comsats member countries as well as other developing countries in Covid response through sharing expertise and providing PPE,' Mr Hussain said during a meeting in which he was briefed on the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (Comsats).

He shared the government's three-year plan and sought collaboration with Comsats member states in the areas of agriculture, electronics and chemical sciences.

He also took interest in the Comsats Scholarship Programme, and advised that the commission prioritise underprivileged brotherly countries, according to a press release issued by Comsats.

The press release added that Mr Hussain said Pakistan would continue to play its role as an active member of Comsats and would contribute to multilateral cooperation through other international forums.

He said a meeting of the consultative committee should be organised virtually amid the physical restrictions caused by the coronavirus outbreak, and praised Comsats' efforts to promote science-led sustainable development in Pakistan and other member countries.

Comsats Executive Director Dr S.M. Junaid Zaidi briefed the minister on Comsats' ongoing programmes and activities in various fields of science and technology for the benefit of its member states.

The meeting was also attended by Science and Technology Secretary retired Capt Nasim Nawaz, Member (Science and Technology) Dr Hussain Abidi and Pakistan Science Foundation...

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