The Rector of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University welcomes the President ECOSF at his office in Almaty- Kazakhstan
A meeting was held between the Rector Al-Farabi Kazakh National University Professor Galymkair MUTANOV and President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro at the office of the Rector in Almaty Kazakhstan on 26 October 2016. Prof. Mutanov warmly welcomed the President ECOSF at the University. Prof. Soomro was in Almaty for participating in the 8th Meeting of South and Central Asia Man and Biosphere (SACAM) Network (24-26 Oct 2016). The ECOSF was one of the co-organizers of SACAM Network Meeting.
Prof. Soomro thanked the Rector for a warm gesture and introduced him about the background and status of ECOSF. He also shared the objectives, programmes and activities of the Foundation. President ECOSF mentioned that the ratification of ECOSF Charter and its Additional Protocol would open new avenues for Kazakhstan and ECOSF in the field of science, technology and innovation based activities, thus, emphasized on an early ratification of ECOSF Charter and its Additional Protocol by Republic of Kazakhstan, though the country signed the Charter in 1995.
President ECOSF also briefed the Rector that ECOSF and IDB are jointly supporting a reverse linkages project titled "Developing the Capacities of Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan in Phytochemical Development" between Al-Farabi University and the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) of the University of Karachi, Pakistan. The Rector thanked ECOSF for providing support in an important project which will definitely improve the capacities of its Phytochemical Labs and thanked ECOSF for supporting it. The Rector also thanked ECOSF for joining hands in organizing the 8th SACAM Network meeting, jointly with KazNU and other Kazakh organizations.
Prof. Soomro appreciated the KazNU for supporting the 8th Meeting of SACAM Network and establishment of the UNESCO Chair on Man and Biosphere” (MAB) in the University, which shows the strong commitment of leadership of the University towards the Biosphere Reserves, Climate Change and its aligned matters.
President ECOSF further mentioned that ECOSF and Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, Pakistan are organizing a 1st International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation Policy and Management - (STIP&M 2016) on 16 – 17 November 2016 in Karachi, Pakistan and invited the University participation in the conference and to speak on SDGs and role of STI, with particular reference to the KazNU being Global Hub on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Rector appreciated the invitation by ECOSF and assured of joining the conference by a suitable expert in the conference.
After meeting, President ECOSF visited the Faculty and Dept. of Chemical Sciences and their laboratories and held meeting with the Dean and other faculty members.