It urged member states to work for the development, review and implementation of policies, programs and action plans for Science, Technology and Innovation at sub-regional and national levels to harness the potential for gainful employment, human capital development and inclusive growth.
An initiative of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology is attended by heads of state and government, ministers responsible for science and technology from 57 countries, and almost 80 delegates from observer countries and global organizations.
He stressed the need for unity among the Muslim world, terming it imperative for development, prosperity and a safe future for the new generation.
The president is participating as the chairman of the OIC Standing Committee on Science and Technology, according to a Foreign Office (FO) handout.
The King stressed that Islamic history is rich with wisdom that moved the world from the ages of darkness to the golden ages of science and technology.
A final document - Astana Declaration on "Strengthening Inter-Parliamentary Islamic Cooperation in the field of Science, Technologies and Innovations" will be signed after the two-day Forum.
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain said on Sunday that the Muslim world is lagging behind and failed over the years to pay adequate attention to education.
During his stay in Astana, the president met Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, among other top officials.
"The President will also have an interaction with the Pakistani scientists and intelligentsia based in Astana", added the statement.
Leaders of OIC member countries gathered for the science and technology summit, but the plight of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in Myanmar topped the agenda.
In such a scenario, he also called on the OIC to hold an emergency session and Muslim countries to cut their diplomatic and trade ties with Myanmar to express their firm support for the oppressed and defenseless Rohingya Muslims.
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