President ECOSF, Chair IAP-SEP and the Vice Chair of CAST met in Beijing to discuss Cooperation
After the Inaugural Ceremony of “Belt and Road Teenager Maker Camp & Teacher Workshop” at Beijing-China on December 18, 2017, a formal meeting was held between Vice Chairman of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) Prof. Xu Yanhao and President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) Prof. Manzoor Hussain Soomro along with Chairman of Inter Academy Partnership Science Education Programme (IAP SEP) Dato. Lee Yee Cheong. Prof. Xu Yanhao welcomed both the dignitaries and acknowledged the support of ECOSF and IAP-SEP in mobilizing over 10 countries for participation in the Teenager Maker Camp and Teachers Workshop, and showed willingness for future cooperation with both the institutions. Dato Lee appreciated the initiative of the Camp by CAST and its subsidiary institutions especially the Children and Youth Science Center (CYSC) and assured the CAST Vice Chair for continued cooperation in future as well.
President ECOSF congratulated CAST and CYSC for initiating a strategic activity of Teenager Maker Camp for long term success of the Belt and Road Initiative and assured them for continued cooperation of ECOSF. He proposed to CAST to rely on ECOSF for implementation of its programmes under Belt and Road initiatives with reference to promotion of Science, Technology, Innovation and Youth programmes including the teenager maker camps in the future in ECO member countries and declare ECOSF as coordinating agency for the ECO Region. To this proposal, the Vice Chairman of CAST happily agreed to collaborate. In this regard, communication will continue between the two organizations.
After this meeting, a formal MoU was signed between ECOSF and Children and Youth Science Centre (CYSC) of CAST witnessed by the Vice Chairman CAST Prof. Yanhao, Dato Lee, the Deputy DG (International Affairs) of CAST and DG of Ministry of Science and Technology of China. The MoU was signed by President ECOSF and Director General of CYSC. Under the MoU, ECOSF will be a coordinating center for STI and science education in ECO region for CYSC and annually send young talents to attend science events. It would help in further exploring the possibility of working together on training and communication programmes of science teachers.