The Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan appreciates the efforts of ECOSF towards STI promotion in ECO region
H.E. Mr. Ali Alizada, the Ambassador of Azerbaijan to Pakistan appreciated the efforts of ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) being taken in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation leading to the economic development in the ECO region. The remarks were passed by him during the call on by the President ECOSF to the Ambassador at the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Islamabad on 19 April 2017.
During the call on, President ECOSF Prof. Manzoor H. Soomro welcomed H.E. Alizada for taking the responsibility as Ambassador to Pakistan and hoped that the relation between two countries will be stronger economically and socially. Further, President ECOSF briefed the Ambassador about the activities being carried out by the Foundation in the ECO region. He also mentioned that the Foundation is in close liaison with the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS) for promotion of scientific activities within Azerbaijan and in the region. He further said that ECOSF invites participation of experts/scientists/engineers from Azerbaijan in different scientific forums, seminars, meetings, workshops, etc and the response and contribution by Azerbaijan is very encouraging. The experts, scientists, engineers, etc also getting benefit from the Travel Grant Programme of ECOSF. Prof. Soomro shared that ECOSF also co-organized the 10th IEEE International Conference on Application of Information and Communication Technologies (AICT2016) in Baku in partnership with Qafqaz University in 2016.
President ECOSF apprised H.E. Mr. Alizada that the ratification of Charter and its Additional Protocol of the Foundation by Azerbaijan has not yet been completed and if it is completed, this will strengthen ECOSF to carry out/organize more scientific activities in Azerbaijan which will create the economic stability not only in Azerbaijan but in other member states too. President ECOSF also mentioned about the S&T Fund and invitation of research proposals for it. He shared with him that a good number of research proposals has been received from Azerbaijan which shows the activeness of the scientific/research community. President ECOSF sought the support of Azerbaijan in the Fund to make it more viable.
H.E. Alizada remarked that the ECOSF has been known as an active Foundation through its activities and participation in the member countries. He assured his maximum possible support for the Foundation and its programmes which are meant for the benefits of the peoples of the region. He further said that the matter of Ratification of Charter and its Additional Protocol will be discussed personally at the appropriate level so that its process can be completed. He also ensured the maximum support of the Embassy and his country for realization of the programs and objectives of the Foundation to make it a stronger and more beneficial for the members.
The meeting was ended with vote of thanks from both sides with a commitment to play more active role in future.