President ECOSF assures the support to the President Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences for promotion of STI in Azerbaijan

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Academician Akif Alizadeh, President Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) assured the maximum possible support to ECOSF for promotion and implementation of Science, Technology and Innovations (STI) in ECO region. Academician Alizadeh said this during a meeting with President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro at ANAS Secretariat on 11 May 2018 in Baku. Prof. Soomro was in Baku for attending International conference on understanding the problems of Inland Waters: Case Study for Caspian Basin from 10-15 May 2018. It is pertinent to mention that ECOSF is the supporting organization of the workshop.

Earlier, Prof. Alizadeh cordially welcomed President ECOSF at ANAS and recalled the meeting held in 2016. He shared that ANAS being a premier scientific organization, is playing a pivotal role in promoting STI in Azerbaijan through its short term and long term programmes. He also shared some ongoing and future programmes of ANAS.

Prof. Soomro praised the role of ANAS under the dynamic leadership of Prof. Alizadeh. He also shared that how the Foundation provides platform through its progrmmes to the scientific community to share their wisdom, scientific research and initiate collaboration. In addition to other points, President ECOSF also mentioned collaboration of ECOSF with Islamic Development Bank (IDB) on Reverse Linkages Programme being implemented in OIC countries including ECO region. Prof. Soomro also presented an IDB book on Reverse Linkages to President ANAS which carries an article of Prof. Soomro on role of ECOSF for South-South Cooperation. President ECOSF also shared the importance and glimpses of Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) programmes being implemented by ECOSF its member states and reaffirmed to launch it in Azerbaijan.

Academician Alizadeh was highly appreciative of the efforts of ECOSF for connecting scientific community of ECO region and the impact of the Foundation’s activities in ECO region. He welcomed the launch of IBSE programme of the Foundation in Azerbaijan and offered his full support. He also named Academician Ramiz M. Mammadov as Focal Person for SEP-IAP and ECOSF for IBSE programmes who will host the IBSE workshop in Baku keeping onboard to Pedagogy University and other relevant institute.

At the end Prof. Soomro presented ECOSF Annual Report – 2017 which carries all the activities done by ECOSF in 2017. The meeting ended with vote of thanks by both the sides.

Prof. Soomro also visited Geography Institute of ANAS on 10 May 2018 and held a meeting with its Director Academician Ramiz M. Mammadov. The Director warmly welcomed Prof. Soomro at the Institute and briefed about the activities. President ECOSF gave an overview of the Foundation and as a supporting organization, discussed the arrangement of the subject conference, IBSE programme in Azerbaijan and student workshop in China.

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