ISLAMABAD - The process of research, technology and innovation needs to be recognized as a cyclic process rather than a linear process in order extend benefits of innovations to societies. There is a desperate need to develop as well as strengthen the national innovation system (NIS) in Asian region.
Speakers expressed these views while addressing a three-day Regional Consultative Workshop on National Innovation System and Intellectual Property (Asian Region) inaugurated here on Monday.
The three-day event is being jointly organized by the COMSATS, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), Inter-Islamic Network on Information Technology (INIT) and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT).
In his address, Executive Director Higher Education Commission Dr. Mukhtar Ahmed stressed the need for developing the NIS in Asian region as it plays a driving force behind strengthen as well as integrating the research and progress in the relevant fields.
Dr. Mukhtar hoped that the suggestions being made during the event by the local and international speakers would be helpful in having an effective coordination among the innovative minds from different states.
Around 70 participants and subject experts from Asian countries including Bangladesh, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, South Korea, Sri Lanka, as well as United States and Switzerland also participated in the inauguration day.
Earlier, addressing the gathering Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, welcomed the dignitaries, participants and the resource persons of the regional consultative workshop.
Speaking on the occasion, Head of ISESCO Centre for Promotion of Scientific Research (ICPSR), Dr. Wafaa El Alami, congratulated the organizers of the event and mentioned ISESCO's strategic aims for addressing key issues for 2013.
In his speech, Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, highlighted COMSATS' cooperation with various directorates of ISESCO and one of its Centres, the ICPSR, during the last few years whereby events were organized on important themes of great relevance to the Member Countries, including events related to Internet Security and Repair and Maintenance of scientific equipment.
Such events have, he noted, resulted in capacity building of the beneficiary countries to the effect that foreign exchange of millions of dollars has been saved. Quoting the examples of South Korea and China, Dr. Qureshi considered it important to incorporate sound national innovation systems on the agenda of all developing countries.
The inaugural session was followed by two technical sessions comprising technical talks by experts from Hong Kong and Pakistan.  Dr. Naubahar Sharif, Associate Professor, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, China; Umer Sheraz, Senior Policy Analyst, COMSTECH, Islamabad; Dr. S.T.K Naim, Consultant, COMSTECH, Islamabad, Prof. Dr. Song Chen, Deputy Dean, School of Economics and Management, Tongji University, China, gave presentations touching upon various aspects of NIS and IPR.
These presentations focused on innovation and business, foresight for innovation policy; key components of NIS; and the changing national innovation system in China: Policies and Challenges.
In all, the event in its eight technical sessions would cover five country presentations and 13 invited talks touching upon various aspects of NIS and intellectual property rights in the Asian region. Resource persons from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, and USA, are participating in the event that would conclude on October 9, 2013.