The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a massive global initiative aimed at connecting international trading partners in the east and the west. The BRI offers a tremendous potential to spur a new era of trade, economic and industrial growth for the countries in the Asia and beyond. In order to maximize the benefits of BRI, the participating countries require to develop adequate technological workforce and engage in an alliance for promotion of cross-border cooperation in the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) sectors.
Appreciating the need for skill development and capacity building in key economic sectors, the Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) and the Economic Cooperation Organization Science Foundation (ECOSF) launched the BTBU-ECOSF Joint Training Center on Scientific, Technological and Economic Cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative in September 2020. The Center has won the financial support of China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) Program of International Collaboration Platform for Science and Technology Organizations in Belt and Road Countries.
BTBU is one of the leading high-level research universities in Beijing. Having long been committed to promoting substantive exchanges with overseas first-class universities and academic institutions. BTBU has achieved meaningful results in international exchanges and cooperation, personnel training, academic research, etc.
ECOSF is the specialized agency of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and an intergovernmental organization for scientific and technological cooperation, with its 10-member states (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan). ECOSF has an extensive exchange and cooperation among the ECO member states as well as with international scientific and technological organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and other regions.
BTBU-ECOSF Joint Training Center aims to promote the sustainable economic and social development of BRI countries through training in the fields of technology application, industrial economics, S&T standards and science communication. The Center would serve as a strategic training platform, which is deemed to be critical for infrastructure development and socio-economic growth for B&R countries, including the 10 ECOSF member countries.