11 September 2019
~ Ministerial Meeting
~ Adoption of the outcome document: OIC STI 2026 Agenda
~ Bilateral Meeting
- YBM delivered his remark during the Ministerial Meeting by stating three key points: (i) highlighting the core values of Malaysian plural society — unity, peace and moderation; (ii) appreciating the host country Kazakhstan and the initiative by COMSTECH, the STI Secretariat for OIC; and (iii) supporting unconditionally all the 12 priorities outlined in the OIC STI Agenda 2026.
- Malaysian delegation was approached by 5 countries for bilateral initiatives: Iran, Turkey, Uganda, Palestine and Mozambique. However time was so tight today, we only managed to arrange for 3 meetings, with Turkey, Uganda and Palestine. We plan to continue the engagement with the two countries (and perhaps new others) in the next two days, during the summit.
- Bilateral meeting with Turkey: Minister of Industry and Technology (HE Faruk Ozlu) was clear of what areas his country is interested to collaborate: SMEs, innovation, bioeconomy, standards, cyber security. Currently, there is already an ongoing MoU arrangement with Turkey and taking the momentum from this meeting, hopefully MOSTI can speed up the process.
- Bilateral meeting with Uganda: Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation (HE Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye). This special ministry of STI for Uganda is relatively very new, only 6 months old. They are interested in two main fundamental areas: (i) learning the ecosystem of innovation for Malaysia and how we pursue innovation-driven economy; and (ii) getting more ideas and insights of policy making especially the concepts of “policy for STI” and “STI for policy”. MoU is proposed to be initiated.
- Bilateral meeting with Palestine: Ministry of Telecommunication and Information Technology (HE Dr. Allam Mousa) put a special emphasis on the the need to develop innovation culture in his country. Due to the circumstances (political conflict) — Palestine is lagging far behind in so many aspects. Thus, the only way to leapfrog from the current status quo is by learning an innovative way to do things: in creating opportunities for new economy, and providing solutions for societal issues. MoU is proposed to capture those needs in the spirit of mutual “give and take” from both countries.