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08 May 2013

Confce of Islamic World Academy of Sciences begins in city

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OIC chief attends the event opened by Prime Minister

Dhaka: Bangladesh is hosting the 19th International Conference of Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) to share scientific and technological innovations with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member countries.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the four-day conference at the Sonargaon Hotel on Monday. Outgoing Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Prof Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, IAS President and former Prime Minister of Jordan Dr Abdel Salam Majali, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Prof Dr AK Azad Chowdhury also spoke on the occasion, reports UNB.

Thirty-three renowned experts from 23 countries are participating in the two-day conference, said officials at the Foreign Ministry. There will be a Dhaka declaration after the conference ends on Tuesday.

The prime minister told the inauguration ceremony that the use of science and technology could help the Muslim countries achieve the goal of growth and prosperity, and emphasised cooperation among the Muslim countries in this area.

“The use of science and technology can help realise the goal of growth and prosperity. Cooperation of Muslim countries in this area will be extremely useful,” she said.

The theme of the 19th International Conference of the IAS is ‘Achieving Socio-economic Development in the Islamic World through Science, Technology and Innovation’.

“Backwardness of Muslim countries in the areas of science and technology is one of the factors that aggravate our difficulties,” Hasina said, stressing the need for scientific and technological innovations to address challenges like food, water and energy insecurity.

“Experience-sharing among the Muslim countries as well as undertaking projects towards capacity building in ICT may be a useful stepping stone in the right direction,” she said.
In response to the need for an international organisation that can play such a role, the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) came into being in Amman (Jordan) in 1986 as the academy of sciences of the 57-countries of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and the OIC science community worldwide.

Bangladesh has been hosting the Islamic University of Technology (IUT), a subsidiary organ of OIC that is contributing to human resource development of the member states, to build Islamic scholars and scientists.

As part of its ‘Vision 2021’, Hasina said, her government aims to establish a knowledge-based and technology-dependent Digital Bangladesh by the year 2021 when Bangladesh will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of her independence.

She recalled the golden age of the Muslims and contribution of Muslim scholars to the evolution of science and technology-- astronomy, mathematics and every discipline of physical science, including medical science.

Hasina mentioned that the Muslims have a rich history for which they can be proud of. “Our past generations have done their part well and it is now our job to build further on their achievements.”

The 19th International Conference of Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) is expected to be an occasion for the host country to showcase its best practices and successes in the broad areas of science, applied science and technology like healthcare delivery system, pharmaceutical industry, renewable energy and e-service.

The conference will highlight issues like science, higher education, energy, public health, pharmaceuticals, climate change, environment, sustainable technology and joint research.

(Courtesy: Dhaka Tribune)

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