10 September, 2017

First OIC Summit on Science and Technology started in Astana

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The President of Kazakhstan took part in the plenary session of the First Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation on Science and Technology, the Akorda’s Press Office reports.

President Nazarbayev noted that the relations between Kazakhstan and Islamic world have deep historical roots.

 “The Islamic religion came to our land more than a thousand years ago. Kazakhstan has become a link between Islamic and Western civilizations", Mr. Nazarbayev said.

He also emphasized the current challenges faced by the Islamic Ummah.

“First is the activity of extremist and terrorist groups. Citizens of Islamic countries suffering from subversive actions. The second is the problem of spreading "Islamophobic" sentiment. Every year crimes against Muslims are growing in Western countries”, said President Nazarbayev.

In addition, he expressed concern about the conflict in Myanmar and called to solve this problem peacefully within the framework of the UN platform.

The third problem is the lack of unity in the Islamic world, where lives more than 1.5 billion people.

“Some critics point out that Muslim countries are not developing because of the religion. But, it is wrong", President Nazarbayev said.

In addition, he proposed to create general scientific and innovation fund.

Nursultan Nazarbayev noted that it is important to support scientists from Muslim countries. He also announced the decision to establish a prize within the OIC. The best researchers would get a prize for contribution to the development of science and technology.

“Innovative clusters are considered the basis for the formation of a knowledge-based sustainable economy. Kazakhstan is actively developing similar clusters in Nazarbayev University and Park of Innovative Technologies. I invite all scientists and researchers from countries of OIC to participate in this process", the Head of State said.

President Nazarbayev noted the importance of financing Islamic science and innovation. He invited participants to strengthen cooperation in the field of Islamic finance.

In addition, Mr. Nazarbayev dwelled on the problem of "green" technologies. He also noted that it is necessary to jointly develop agrarian science and introduce new technologies. Because it will lead to closer integration and ensure food security.

In order to solve important scientific and economic issues in the Islamic world, the President proposed to create an unofficial community that will unite the 15 leading OIC countries.

He marked out the need to establish links with the leading Western countries in the development of science and technology.

“We are ready to share Kazakhstan's experience in preserving tolerance in a multinational society. I also invite everyone to take part in the Sixth Congress of World and Traditional Religions at 2018", said the President of Kazakhstan.

In conclusion, Nursultan Nazarbayev called to maintain peace and stability in the Middle East and Islamic countries.

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