European Union Delegation called upon the President ECOSF on October 13, 2017

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A delegation of European Union (EU) led by Ms. Anne Marchal Counsellor/Deputy, the Head of EU Mission in Pakistan called upon the President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro in his office on October 13, 2017.  Both sides discussed the ongoing cooperation between EU and ECOSF and to strengthen it further. She briefed the president on mega EU program of Horizon 2020 and the Erasmus Mundas as well as EU's GSP Plus Trade Programme with Pakistan. The Horizon 2020 program is aimed at promoting research and innovation in European Union and Beyond with a budget of nearly EUR 80 billion. The program will Horizon 2020 will bolster excellence in research and science, by attracting the best brains and helping scientists collaborate and share ideas across Europe and beyond. Ms. Marchal sought cooperation and sharing of experiences of ECOSF in Pakistan and other ECO member states especially Afghanistan and Central Asia. Earlier Dr. Soomro welcomed the senior EU diplomat and Deputy Head of Delegation in Pakistan and briefed her on ECOSF and its Programs and Network. He also shared with her that ECOSF works with ISTC in Astana which is co-funded by the EU. He assured the EU Diplomat of full cooperation in various EU Programs in the Region especially the Horizon 2020 and its latest calls for proposals. It was also agreed by President ECOSF to popularize the EU Programs by sharing the program material on ECOSF website and social media as well as Newsletter. Both sides also agreed to continue to collaborate together to pursue common goals of sustainable development and inclusive growth in the region through promotion of scientific and technological research.

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