Pointing out some of the critical areas in which the South has been lagging behind, COMSATS Executive Director, Dr. S. M. Junaid Zaidi, has called for more support from the North, as well as the international organizations to help address relevant challenges and achieve sustainable development.
“Lack of good human resource of researchers and scientists, absence of a steady supply of financial and ancillary resources, and political will are among the crucial ingredients that need reinforcement for development of the South,” Dr. Zaidi explained at a panel discussion held at Bangkok, Thailand.
According to a handout released by the Comsats Secretariat here on Friday, top of the panel discussion was “Regional Consultation on South-South Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific: Towards the Buenos Aires Plan of Action 40th Anniversary”.
The event was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand.
The conference focused on fashioning out concepts, global processes, state of the South-South cooperation in Asia and the Pacific and the way forward.
The panellists steered the discussion in a session on examples and good practices of transformative South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Asia and the Pacific at the regional and sub-regional levels.
Dr. Zaidi expressed COMSATS’ commitment to assist the international community and the governments in the South in achieving lasting sustainability for development through science and technology.
The conference was attended by heads and representatives from Australia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, North Korea, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Lao, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Palau, Philippines, South Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan and Vanuatu.
Representatives from other key stakeholders including Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and United Nations Agencies and Bodies also attended the conference.