ISLAMABAD - President of Ghana and Chairperson COMSATS, John Dramani Mahama, has assured to make significant contributions towards COMSATS' activities aimed at promoting the South-South cooperation in Africa and beyond.

He made this assurance while talking to Executive Director COMSATS, Dr. Imtinan Elahi Qureshi, who called on him at Flagstaff House in Kanda, Accra, Ghana on Monday, says a press note issued here by the COMSATS headquarters.

President of Ghana has been the Chairperson COMSATS since the organization's 2nd Commission Meeting held in Islamabad in April 2012.

Also present during the meeting were the Minister and Deputy Minister of the Ghana's Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation; Director-General of COMSATS' Centre of Excellence in Ghana, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR); as well as, other senior officials of MESTI.

During the meeting, Dr. Qureshi made a presentation to the President on the ongoing research and capacity-building programmes of COMSATS in its member states, including its collaborative research projects undertaken through clusters of its internationally renowned S&T Centres of Excellence; technology transfer programmes, as well as collaborative technical programmes conducted in partnership with development agencies.

Dr. Mahama was also apprised about the success of the renowned projects of COMSATS in the host country of its Secretariat, Pakistan, including a degree awarding institution, the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT); and the pioneer ISP of the country, the COMSATS Internet Sciences.

Such projects, he added, could also be replicated in other interested Member States. In terms of capacity building of human resources, scholarship offers from some of COMSATS' Centres of Excellence were also highlighted.

In a media briefing prior to the meeting, the Chairperson of COMSATS remarked that Science and Technology is necessary to accelerate Ghana's transition from lower middle-income level to a middle-income level. Alluding to the countries having agricultural orientation and dependence on rains, he stated that S&T is vital to help boost agri-yield for both domestic consumption and for enhancing exports.

John Dramani Mahama remarked that he recognizes the efforts of COMSATS Secretariat in meeting the laudable objectives of this organization aimed at science-led socio-economic development of the South.

He expressed satisfaction that the Council for Scientific Research and Industrial Research is part of this meeting, which would help shape the Government's development agenda. He assured that Ghana would make significant contributions towards COMSATS' activities promoting South-South cooperation in Africa and beyond, during his tenure as the Chairperson.

"Necessary capacity-building in S&T and R&D requires allocation of significant financial resources," stated the COMSATS Chairperson.

"The role of COMSATS in this regard is to help developing countries pool their limited resources for achieving common objectives," he asserted.