ECO reiterates to improve S&T support to member states

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ISLAMABAD: The representatives of ECO countries have reiterated their firm commitment to continue efforts to make the Economic Cooperation Organisation Science Foundation (ECOSF) more active, efficient and a result-oriented specialised agency.

The representatives of the member states of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan met in Islamabad on August 18, on the occasion of the 3rd meeting of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the ECO Science Foundation, hosted by Pakistan.

The meeting was chaired by Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST) Secretary Fazal Abbas Maken, said a press release issued by MoST.

According to statement, the participants expressed satisfaction over the holding of the 3rd BoT meeting of ECOSF and commended the initiatives and programmes and the role and status gained by ECOSF in the comity of scientific and technological organisations worldwide.

They commended the ECOSF IBSE Programme for capacity building on delivering quality science education based on the concept of inquiry or critical thinking, which is vital in training the minds for understanding the world, through improving science literacy leading to sustainable development, it said.

The representatives appreciated ECOSF for providing travel grant to the scientists, engineers and technologists of ECO member states to participate in international science and technology (S&T) events and successfully organising the meetings of eminent scientists of ECO member states to priorities the focus areas of research for funding under its S&T Fund, the statement said.

They agreed on developing collaboration with S&T institutions of the member states for organising scientific activities, continuously tapping various international sources for expansion of ECOSF collaboration, particularly the MoUs signed with The Turkic World Educational and Scientific Cooperation Organisation (TWESCO), Kazakhstan and LAMAP Foundation of France, it added.

The statement further said that the representatives emphasised ECOSF to establish a framework of cooperation to explore opportunities to enhance exchange of scientists, technologists and engineers for participation in S&T activities and strengthen collaborations among research and development organisations and universities.

The members urged the ECOSF to pursue collaborative programmes, with relevant organisations, to address the priority issues of transfer of technology, global warming, climate change, energy, environment, water harvesting and conservation and reuse, biodiversity conservation, food security, which are all essential for attaining the UN sustainable development goals (SDG), it added.

Source: APP

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