FAO meets with BSCSIF representatives to strengthen the cooperation in the region

fao-1Representatives from International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF), an international non-governmental and non-profit organization, visited FAO Ankara office on 16 April with the purpose of exploring and discussing potential areas of collaboration that could be built in the future.

The organization was established in 2009 with the initiative of countries including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to consolidate the regional cooperation at many levels and ultimately to achieve sustainable development in the region. Russian Federation was also joined to BSCSIF along with 14 other countries in 2011-14 term.

The meeting was attended by President of BSCSIF Mr Ismail Safi, Executive Director of BSCSIF Alev Balgi, and Project Coordinator from Istanbul office, Natalia Ciobanu.

In his opening remarks Mustapha Sinaceur, FAO Representative for Turkey, welcomed the representatives from BSCSIF and expressed his pleasure to host them at FAO Ankara office.

Followed by introductory presentations made by FAO technical officers on their expertise of field, the meeting was concluded with an important emphasis, which was also highlighted in the recent FAO 29thRegional Conference for Europe, on the participation of inter-governmental and civil society organizations to the preparatory meetings of the regional conference week and as observers on areas on their technical expertise.