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Mr. Sameh Hussain of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) called upon the President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro on May 31st, 2017

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Mr. Sameh Hussain of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) called upon the President ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF), Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro on May 31st, 2017. The meeting was held to discuss and review progress of various ongoing joint programs being undertaken by the ECOSF and IDB to promote science, technology and innovation in the region.  Mr. Hussain highly appreciated the active role of ECOSF in promotion of scientific and technological activities in the ECO member states. It is important to mention here that both the organizations are collaborating with each other on a number of projects including the promotion of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) and IDB’s Reverse Linkage Programs to build the capacity of partnering ECO member states through transfer of technology and sharing of the best practices or experiences. Prof. Soomro and Mr. Sameh, both agreed on strengthening the collaboration between the two organization to further promote the mutual beneficial partnership between the ECOSF and IDB.

Prof. Dr. Soomro apprised Mr. Sameh of the various activities, latest developments and as well as the events in the pipeline by the ECOSF, including the joint organization of the International Forum on Fusion of Civilization in China in July 2017, establishment of the the Academy of Engineering and Technology for the Developing World (AETDEW) in May 2017, and the planned Capacity Building Workshop on IBSE in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in September 2017. Prof. Dr. Soomro congratulated Mr. Sameh on IDB’s progress towards near completion of its project on “Mapping Pakistan’s Resource Center”. During the meeting, Mr. Sameh proposed that ECOSF to join hands with the IDB in the capacity building and management of Science and Technology Parks in the ECO member states. The possible outcome of this proposed collaboration will be joint organization of the workshops to build the capacity for Science Parks Manager in the region in collaboration with Guilan Science and Technology Park in Iran. Prof. Dr. Soomro agreed in principle to collaborate with IDB on supporting this initiative and the program, as capacity building in the S&T sector is among the core objectives of the ECOSF. The meeting ended with vote of thanks with the assurance of continuous cooperation from both sides in the future.

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