KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has called on Islamic countries to pool their resources in developing advanced technologies as we do not have the luxury of pursuing every scientific and technological development individually.
Not only are we deficient in the requisite trained manpower, we are also not endowed with the financial wherewithal to undertake technological development in every field, Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar told an OIC conference here on Tuesday.
In the speech read by his deputy Datuk Leo Michael Toyad, Syed Hamid also referred to a nexus between foreign policy and technological progress.
Science and technology are integral elements in the shaping of foreign policy.
A strong partnership between science and statecraft is increasingly critical to addressing global challenges of the 21st century whether the issue is terrorism, infectious diseases or climate changes, Syed Hamid told a dinner gathering of the participants of the OIC Conference on Science and Technology: Science and Technology for Industrial Development in Islamic Countries.
He said nations that wield power and influence today are those that command mastery in science and technology.
Syed Hamid urged the participants to identify specific programmes, where the OIC members could achieve meaningful results through joint efforts.
He stressed that collective efforts were also needed in boosting trade and investment among OIC member states, hoping that the OIC meeting would address the issue.
We in Malaysia have developed considerable experience in forging what we call as smart partnership in matters ranging from technology development to trade.
Malaysia is happy to take the lead in promoting this concept among OIC countries. We are confident that together we can make this concept work for the ummah, Syed Hamid said. Bernama
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