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Bangladesh elected to governing council of UNESCAP body on tech transfer

Update : 20 May 2023, 09:12

Bangladesh has been elected to the governing council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The result of the election was declared during the closing session of the 79th Commission Session of the UNESCAP on Friday.

Besides Bangladesh, China, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Thailand, and Uzbekistan.

As a host country, India will automatically be a member of the Governing Council. The new members will serve on the Governing Council for the period of 2023 to 2026.

The Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT) is a regional institution of the UNESCAP serving the Asia-Pacific region. The Centre is situated in New Delhi, India. The Centre works towards strengthening the national capacity of member States to nurture and promote national innovation systems and to create an enabling environment for the development and transfer of technology. The Ministry of Science and Technology represents Bangladesh at the Governing Council of APCTT. It is worthy to note that Bangladesh was elected a member of all four other regional institutions as for Statistics (SIAP), ICT (APCICT), Agriculture (CSAM) and disaster management (APDIM)) of the UNESCAP in the last year’s 78th Commission Session of UNESCAP. Now Bangladesh is the only country that is an elected member of the governing councils in all five regional institutions of UNESCAP.

Through membership in the Governing councils of these institutions, Bangladesh will have the opportunity to advise on these institution’s programs of work in finance, and in other administrative matters and would likely get more focus in terms of capacity building, technology transfer, skill development in ICT, agriculture, statistics, science and technology, and disaster management.

This victory is also a shred of glaring evidence that how the Asia-Pacific leadership values Bangladesh’s leadership in this largest UN organization, said the Bangladesh Embassy in Bangkok.

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