COMSATS seminar calls for stronger South-South cooperation


Speakers at a seminar at COMSATs stressed the need for stronger South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation arguing that it would provide a consolidated foundation for achieving sustainable development goals.

The event entitled National Seminar on ‘South-South Cooperation: Towards a Sustainable Future’ was organised by the Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) in collaboration with the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) of COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), was held in connection with the UN Day for South-South cooperation.

The seminar was attended by more than 65 persons, including, diplomats, academicians, scientists, economists, and students, as well as representatives of media and civil society. The Inauguration was followed by a technical session comprising of highly informative talks by four eminent speakers.

Director-General Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI), Ambassador (R) Masood Khan, in his inaugural called for judicious utilisation of both the South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation mechanisms for success of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He remarked on the tendency of the developing countries to become over-dependent on Official Development Assistance (ODA) from the developed nations, and opined that the South should make sincere efforts to fully exploit its indigenous resources for its development.

The seminar concluded on the note of optimism towards South-South cooperation as effective means to benefitting the developing countries.