MONITORING REPORT ISB: President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro has recently called on the new Secretary General of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akça Tehran.

During the meeting, Dr. Manzoor briefly introduced ECOSF and its functioning as well as its high forums to the Secretary General by highlighting the historical development up to establishment of the Foundation.

The President ECOSF sought special assistance of Halil Ibrahim for the completion of the process of ratification by Turkey. The Secretary General was also apprised about the status of ECOSF Charter ratification and budgetary contributions by the member states.

The Secretary General was also briefed that ECOSF has launched Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) in ECO region and 1st Capacity Building Workshop on IBSE. In 2016, four more capacity building workshops are expected to be organized in Pakistan, Iran, other two countries; possibly Turkey and Azerbaijan.

Halil Ibrahim took keen interest in the activities of the Foundation and highly appreciated the progress of the Foundation and assured of his full support to the Foundation. He also appreciated the contribution/inputs of Prof. Soomro for the ECO Vision-2025.

He also advised that research projects be initiated by ECOSF and in the response, the President ECOSF said that the SandT Fund of the Foundation has been established; however, the funds from the member states are yet to come through.

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