New Ambassador of Uzbekistan assures his country’s cooperation in pursuing the objectives of ECOSF

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The new Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Pakistan H.E. Mr. Furkat Siditov assured maximum possible support of his country for pursuance and achievement of the objectives of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) for betterment of people of ECO region including Uzbekistan. These remarks were made by the Ambassador during a meeting with President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro, who called upon the Ambassador at the Uzbekistan Embassy in Islamabad on 20 April 2016.

Earlier, the Ambassador warmly welcomed the President ECOSF at the Embassy and apprised him about his new responsibility as the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to a friendly country- Pakistan. H.E. Mr. Furkat Siditov highlighted the historical background of his country and shared that after independence in 1991, Uzbekistan has shown reasonably good economic growth especially in the field of Agriculture and produces World’s best cotton. He further shared that agricultural machinery is also being produced and exported to other countries of the world and at certain level, the agricultural machinery is also being exported to ECO countries which can also be enhanced to take maximum benefit.

President ECOSF elaborated on the process of establishment and history of the Foundation saying that it was established in December 2011. He shared with the Ambassador that the principal 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, using the Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) approach- La main a la pate 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 international organizations including; IPBES, UNESCO, International Science Technology and Innovation Centre (ISTIC) Malaysia, La main a la pate Foundation of France and the EvK2CNR Foundation, Italy for promotion of science technology and innovation in the region.

At the end, President ECOSF thanked the Ambassador for his hospitality and requested him for the follow up on the process of ratification of ECOSF Charter by the Uzbekistan Government. He offered the cooperation/facilitation of ECOSF for creating scientific linkages among the scientific organizations and communities of ECO countries which includes Uzbekistan, leading to economic development.

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