Director UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific meets the President ECOSF

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Prof. Dr. Shahbaz Khan, Director UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific meets the President ECOSF Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro in his office on April 30, 2018.  Prof. Dr. Manzoor H. Soomro welcomed Prof. Khan and appreciated his efforts for continuous cooperation & support to the ECOSF extended by UNESCO in implementation of various science and engineering programmes in the ECO Region and beyond. Prof. Dr. Manzoor Hussain Soomro especially highlighted the issues and progress made on “Engineering Qualification Standardization, Accreditation and Professional System (EQSAPS)”. It is important to mention here that ECOSF in partnership with UNESCO, the Federation of Engineering Institutions of Asia and the Pacific (FEIAP), and the Academy of Engineering and Technology of the Developing World (AETDEW) initiated the EQSAPS project to assist the ECO economies, particularly those which lack a national accreditation body, to improve and develop the standards of engineering qualifications in those member states, particularly in Central Asia, with a launch of event in Tajikistan in March 2017. Prof. Shahbaz Khan also proposed to develop a UNESCO-ECOSF joint project on “Science, Engineering, Technology & Innovation (SETI) for ASEAN-ECO region to accelerate the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region. Prof. Soomro appreciated and endorsed the proposal to work together with UNESCO on this initiative to help build the capacity regional economies of ECO and ASEAN. The meeting concluded on a positive note that both parties would continue to work together to promote SETI in the region and beyond.

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