President Hu Zhijian Met with Leaders of ECOSF and ISTIC 15
On the morning of December 19, President Hu Zhijian met with
Manzoor H. Soomro, President of the ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and
Dato Lee Yee Cheong, Chairman of the International Science Technology
and Innovation Centre for South-South Cooperation (ISTIC) under the
auspices of UNESCO.
Manzoor and Dato Lee Yee Cheong spoke highly of the implementation of
science, technology and innovation policies of the Chinese government
under the Belt and Road Initiative, and expressed the hope to strengthen
cooperation with Chinese institutions involved in science and
technology policies. President Hu Zhijian expressed the willingness to
establish a cooperative relationship between the CASTED and the ECOSF on
the basis of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared
benefits, strengthen cooperation on open innovation, deepen mutual
understanding through seminars and personnel exchanges, and establish a
cooperation mechanism in due course to promote common development.
was established on December 20, 2011 in Islamabad, Pakistan. It has ten
member states, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The Foundation aims to achieve common socio-economic development in the
region by promoting scientific and technological research cooperation in
Central Asia and relevant activities among member states. The Ministry
of Science and Technology of Pakistan provides funding for this
intergovernmental organization and the Foundation provides financial
support for scientific and technological research cooperation projects
on a competitive basis.