Turkey recently joined Commission on Science and Technology for Sustainable Development in the South (COMSATS) as its 22nd member. Its formal signing ceremony was held in Islamabad on September 13th and Turkey’s ambassador to Pakistan, M. Babur Hizlan and Executive Director of COMSATS, Dr. I. E. Qureshi, signed the membership agreement. COMSATS always had its counterpart in Turkey under Centre of Excellence, TUBITAK Marmara Research Center (MAM).
Both Turkey and Pakistan have always been great partners in international affairs through their economic cooperation and research and technology development projects. COMSATS allows further networked framework for cooperation between the 21 developing countries in three continents and for Turkey, it is a step forward in this direction. Turkey is working in such sectors of development as information technology, space technology, machinery, construction, aviation, shipping and automobiles. All of these areas can enhance cooperative relations between Turkey and Pakistan.
Recently, Pakistan has asked for Turkey’s cooperation in the energy sector and it has shown its openness to share its technological expertise in the area. Pakistan has always been supportive of the efforts made by COMSATS in advancing science, technology, research and innovation in the country. COMSATS provides a healthy exchange of new ideas on scientific development at both bilateral and multilateral levels.
Through such institutions Pakistan can develop a gateway for others states to share their technological advancement with Pakistan and other developing nations. There is much in the way of technology that Pakistan has to achieve, because the road to technological advancement never stops. It innovates and reinvents new exploration zones every time. Pakistan has a dedicated military research and development industry, but it should pay more attention toward the new frontier of space and cyberspace too.