President ECOSF participated in the Forum of Representatives of Economic Think-Tanks of ECO Member States and the Roundtable discussion on Industry, Modeling and Research & Development at Baku, Azerbaijan

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The President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro participated in the 2nd Forum of Representatives of Economic Think Tanks of ECO Member States, the Roundtable discussion on Industry, Modeling and Research & Development and the 2nd international Conference on Energy, Regional Integration and Socio-Economic Development held on in Baku, Azerbaijan from October 1-3, 2014. The event was jointly organized by the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms, Ministry of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan, ECO Secretariat and the EcoMod (world’s leading research, advisory and educational not-for-profit network). The Meeting was also attended by delegations from I.R of Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan (host), Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan and the ECO Secretariat. The event was also participated by experts from Australia, Republic of Belaus, Hungary, Russia, the EcoMod Network and the Islamic Development Bank.

 The forum was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Shahin MUSTAFAYEV, Minister of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Azerbaijan and shared in his speech, appreciated the organizers for holding the event linked with 50 years golden jubilee celebration of the Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms of Azerbaijan. He hoped that the event will be institutionalized as an annual activity and provide an opportunity for sharing of economic development strategies by various nations.
The Secretary General of ECO, President of EcoMod Network, the Director of Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms (ISRER) and senior experts from the ECO Region also spoke on the occasion. The Director ISRER welcomed the participating delegates and thanked them for attending this Meeting. He talked on the importance of the 2nd Forum of the ECO Economic Think Tanks and elaborated the objectives of organizing this regional Forum. Referring to the potentialities and resources of the region, he spoke on the outcomes of such regional Forum for sharing of experience and knowledge among economic research institutions of the region.

During the meeting, the progress the ECO Economic Think Tanks  focusing on main areas of cooperation in economic research were reviewed and implementation of research projects in the framework of the ECO Joint Economic Research Programme, implementation of capacity building programme and conducting regional trainings, new publications of the Organization in the area of economic research and follow up of activities related to implementation of the ECO Plan of Action on Economic Research were among the main topics.  

Dr. Manzoor Soomro, President of the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) made two presentations on “ECO Science Foundation for S&T based Socio-economic Development in the ECO region” and “Innovative Strategies for Development: Role of Science and Technology”. The President ECOSF proposed that all the ECO plans and programmes related to Science & Technology should be implemented in collaboration with ECOSF. He further offered cooperation and support to the ECO Research Center/Institute for Scientific Research in Economic Reforms, Baku for preparation of its future plans. The President ECOSF was also interviewed by Azerbaijan national TV channels for preparing the documentary of the event.
At the end, the Forum welcomed an offer from delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan for considering possibility of hosting the 3rd Forum of the ECO Economic Think Tanks in 2015 in Kazakhstan, preferably in the framework of the 8th Astana Economic Forum - 2015, upon consultation with the Government of Kazakhstan.

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