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 Tenth Governing Body Meeting (GBM) of ISNET

 

The Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences & Technology (ISNET) held its Tenth biennial Governing Body Meeting (GBM) on 13 November 2014 at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan. The Meeting was chaired by President ISNET Mr Ahmed Bilal who is also Chairman of Pakistan Space & Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO). The meeting was attended by the following officials from COMSTECH, focal point organisations and ISNET Secretariat:

 
Dr. Shaukat Hameed Khan
Coordinator General
Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific
and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH)
Member
 
Prof. Mamdouh Mahmood El-Sayed Abdeen
Head
Geological Applications and Mineral Resources
National Authority for Remote Sensing
& Space Sciences(NARSS)
Egypt
Member
 
Dr Mohsen Shaterzadeh
Vice President
Iranian Space Agency (ISA)
Islamic Republic of Iran
Member
 
Mr Reza Asgari
Expert
Iranian Space Agency (ISA)
Islamic Republic of Iran
Member
 
Dr Maath Ismail Mahmood Alomari
Director
Ministry of Science & Technology (MoST)
Iraq
Member
 
Mr Ibrahim Awwad Ibrahim Albaddawi
Director
Royal Jordanian Geographic Centre (RJGC)
Jordan
Member
 
Mr Oumar SARR
Chief Financial Officer
Centre de Suivi Ecologique(CSE)
Senegal
Member
 
Dr Amna Ahmed Hamid El Tom
Director
Remote Sensing Authority (RSA)
Sudan
Member
 
Mr Zafar Iqbal
Director
Disaster Management
SUPARCO, Pakistan
Executive Director
 
Mr Arshad Siraj
Executive Director
ISNET
Rapporteur
 
Ms Sadaf Sajjad
Assistant Manager
SUPARCO, Pakistan
Rapporteur
 

President ISNET, in his opening remarks, underscored the necessity for member States to carry out meaningful scientific and technical projects. He also highlighted the achievements of ISNET in the continued expansion of member States and grant to ISNET of Permanent Observer status of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNCOPUOS). Delegates from member countries made statements and approved the agenda of the Meeting. Besides approving the activity plan and budget for the next biennium (2015-16), the Governing Body discussed ways and means to expand and enrich the scope of activities. Project proposals from Iran, Senegal and Pakistan were presented during the Meeting.

 
 

The Governing Body (GB), while appreciating the progress made by ISNET, discussed and agreed on the ways of reviving membership of inactive countries and of attracting non Member States to the ISNET forum. The GB agreed that for enhancing the role of ISNET, it is essential to double the annual membership fee.

Egypt, Iran and Pakistan were elected as the new members of the Executive Council of ISNET.

For improving the activities of ISNET and to gain maximum benefits from its limited budget, several ideas were discussed by the delegates. On the basis of the proposed suggestions, ISNET Secretariat shall conduct a number of studies.

Delegates of GBM also attended International Conference on Space (ICS-2014) which was held from 12-14 November 2014 in Islamabad, Pakistan. This three-day conference connected space professionals, decision-makers, academicians, researchers and scientists as well as students of space sciences and technologies to showcase their achievements, share latest development in space technology and applications, and voice their opinions on important space and development issues in a highly interactive and cross-disciplinary environment.

 

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