Meeting with the Kazakhstan’s New Ambassador to Pakistan
May 21, 2018: H.E. Mr. Barlybay Sadykov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan met at the Embassy with President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro and discussed issues for pursuance and achievement of the objectives of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) for betterment of people of ECO region including Kazakhstan.
The Ambassador warmly welcomed the President ECOSF and briefed him about the initiatives of Kazakhstan being taken for promotion of STI in Kazakhstan and other Islamic countries including ECO region. He also mentioned that Kazakhstan hosted 1st Summit on S&T of OIC countries in Astana last year (2017).
President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro thanked the Ambassador for warm welcome and apprised him about the Foundation’s establishment and how Foundation is pursuing its goals. He further shared that the prime programme of the Foundation is to coordinate and fund applied S&T research and promote collaboration among the ECO member states. He further said that to strengthen the science base for future generations and the region's economy, the Foundation is actively promoting science education at school level. For this purpose a programme for capacity building on Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) – La main a la pate approach – was launched in ECO region from Astana Kazakhstan in 2015 in collaboration with its international partner organizations. Furthermore, the mobilization and promotion of youth engagement in science, technology and education for economic development and peace within the ECO region and beyond, is and remains the priority of ECOSF. Integrating gender perspective in policies, plans and actions directed towards the improvement of life and development of youth is priority of the Foundation.
Prof. Soomro further apprised the Ambassador about the Foundation's collaboration with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) through Bank’s Reverse Linkages programme in which a project is underway for the capacity building of Kazakhstan National University personnel by International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi, Pakistan. He offered the cooperation/facilitation of ECOSF for creating scientific linkages among the scientific organizations and communities of ECO countries including Kazakhstan, leading to economic development.
H.E. Mr. Sadykov appreciated the role of ECOSF for promotion of STI in the region and thanked the Foundation for its contribution towards Kazakhstan. At the end, President ECOSF invited the Ambassador to visit the Secretariat of the Foundation which was accepted by him.