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       UNIDO Director for Trade & Investment visited the ECO Secretariat
      Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento, Director for Trade and Investment of the United Nations Industrial Organization (UNIDO) visited the ECO Secretariat on 1st June 2017 and met with Mr. Kanan Nazarov, the ECO Deputy Secretary General, and other officials from the Directorate of Trade and Investment.

      During the meeting, Dr. Bernardo Calzadilla-Sarmiento informed that UNIDO would like to continue its cooperation with ECO in the field of trade and investment. In this regard, ECO-UNIDO collaboration in investment, innovation, entrepreneurship, gender equality and women empowerment in business were discussed.

      He informed that he is also working on reforming and putting the activities in different ways for implementation. He proposed a new approach for ECO-UNIDO collaboration. He pointed out that mainly instead of trainings there should be resource-based management and impact analysis. He also proposed that a document should be prepared to cover the trade-related reforms done in each of the ECO Member States.

      UNIDO Official also handed out to ECO officials some documents prepared while taking into account new approach of UNIDO to implement its activities in the field of trade and investment. These included Training Catalogue on Investment Promotion, Financial Analysis of Investment Projects, Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women, and Trade, Investment, Innovation.

      DSG Mr. Nazarov briefed Dr. Calzadilla-Sarmiento on the ECO Vision 2025 recently adopted by ECO Council of Ministers. He requested UNIDO to consider assisting the ECO in implementation of the Vision. He also presented Dr. Calzadilla-Sarmiento with a copy of the ECO Vision 2025.

      While thanking Dr. Calzadilla-Sarmiento for visiting ECO Secretariat, Mr. Nazarov emphasized the importance of continuation of the ECO-UNIDO Trade Capacity Building Project and launching of a Capacity Building Project on Promotion of Investment in the Region. He also assured him that ECO will endeavour to enhance the existing cooperation with UNIDO.

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