ECOSF President visits (ABRII) and ECO Agro Biotechnology Network in Karaj- Iran

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President ECOSF on the request of Dr. Behzad Ghareyazie, Director General of ABRII, visited the Institute and held a meeting with the ABRII Team during 25th RPC Meeting in Tehran. Considering the challenge of Food Security & Sustainability faced by the globe, the purpose of meeting was to discuss the possibility of developing cooperation and networking amongst Iran and other ECO Member countries in the field of agriculture biotechnology and synergize the strengths / expertise of member states.

DG ABRII Dr. Behzad Ghareyazie warmly welcomed the ECOSF President Professor Manzoor Soomro and his colleague. Afterwards, Dr. Babak Nakhoda- the head of Department of Molecular Physiology, ABRII Made a power point presentation about the ABRII research areas, projects and achievements so far.

DG of ABRII requested President ECOSF to support ABRII for cooperation & collaboration with Pakistan's biotechnology institutions and with the labs in other ECO Member states. He also requested for ECOSF support in activating the ECO Agro Biotechnology Network (ECOABN) in ECO Member States.

President ECOSF accepting the request of DG ABRII suggested that a delegation of experts from ABRII/ECOABN may visit Pakistani institutions for strengthening interaction with Agro Biotechnology Institutes; such as, NIBGE & NIAB Faisalabad, Punjab Seed Corporation and International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi and some private sector enterprises in Pakistan. President ECOSF also assured ABRII leadership of all possible assistance and support for the visit of ABRII delegation.

After briefing the President ECOSF visited the labs & Green Houses for Genetically Modified Crops.

It was agreed that there should be Institute to Institute MoUs and among the Private Sector of member states, apart from MoUs with Government stakeholders, for strong collaboration between ECO countries. The ECO Science Foundation will play the role of a catalyst and promoter as per its mandate.

Both sides also agreed to share each other's programs / activities on each other's websites.

ABRII is a leading research institution with vast potentialsand capabilities in all aspects of agricultural biotechnology including plant, animal, food and microbial biotechnology. ABRII has numerous publications and achievements to their credit. With good expertise and state-of the-art research facilities, ABRII can play an important role in target oriented agricultural research to address the agricultural problems in the region as well as capacity building and training in agricultural biotechnology and related sciences in the ECO region. The institute is also hosting the ECO Agricultural Biotechnology Network (ECO-ABN). [ ]

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