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Meeting of CWARice head with Director of Agriculture, Industry and Tourism, ECO

In line with CWARice 5- year compiled program (2018-2022) for Central and West Asian countries which are also ECO and IDB members, Dr. Shahdi, CWARice head had a meeting with Mr. Memduh Unal, Director of Agriculture, Industry and Tourism of ECO at ECO secretariat in Tehran on Tuesday 20 Nov., 2018. Mr. Unal started meeting with warm welcoming message. Dr. Shahdi stated on CWARice future plans, extending mutual cooperation with ECO to strengthen rice sector of CWA region through new adopted strategies. Mr. Unal confirmed all Dr. Shahdi’s statements and emphasized that ECO is willing to include CWARice programs at their projected activities for ECO members. He reiterated on mutual aims of ECO and CWARice to improve food security of targeted countries in Central¬-West Asia. Mr. Unal mentioned that CWARice collaboration with ECO would definitely be beneficial for their members which needs to improve their rice production regarding new technologies with the aim of reducing water usage. Mr. Hasan Sahin, programme officer for agriculture of ECO also announced ECO readiness for more active partnership with CWARice. He talked about background of ECO presence at CWARice activities especially since its establishment in 2010. Dr. Shahdi hoped for stronger cooperation with ECO considering CWARice principles including; Cooperation, Collaboration and Partnership (C.C.P) to achieve common high aims in CWA region.