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Posted by Ezekiel Barnabas on May 9, 2002 13:56:25 UTC

STATEMENT OF THE 27th GOVERNING BOARD
OF THE INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic
07-09 April 2002

The Governing Board of the International Science and Technology Center
(ISTC) held its 27th meeting at State Residence in Bishkek.
Representatives from 10 ISTC Parties attended with the European Union,
Japan, Russian Federation, United States of America, and Georgia
represented on the Governing Board.

The ISTC approved 61 new projects representing over $10.4 million and Euro
7.2 million in new funding for activities in Russia, Armenia, Belarus,
Georgia, Kazakstan, and the Kyrgyz Republic. New funding was provided by
the EU, USA, Japan, and Republic of Korea. These projects highlight
important areas of science and technology research and development:
diagnostic methods and equipment for cancer; portable radiation monitors;
desert climate studies; biotreatment for oil spills; aerosol vaccines for
wildlife; greenhouse gas impact; new carbon and aluminum content materials.

The Board announced that 54 Partner projects totaling $13.5 million have
been approved since the previous meeting, and noted the expanding
participation of Partners in ISTC activities. ISTC Partners are private
sector, intergovernmental, governmental, and non-governmental organizations
that provide funds to engage CIS scientists in peaceful research projects.
Total ISTC project funding in all categories now surpasses US$416 million
for 1,587 projects.

The Governing Board approved important steps in the ISTC , strengthening ISTC contributions to international science
cooperation and sustainable Partnership. The ISTC will inaugurate a test
case for International Science Laboratories toward establishing long-term
cooperative exchanges based in institutes supported by ISTC. The Center
will introduce Chief Science Coordinators to promote and coordinate ISTC
inputs to initiatives identified by its Parties and Partners, as part of
its updated staffing plan and policy. The ISTC evolution is supported by
the Governing Board approval of early phases in ISTC progression to ISO
9000 certification.

The Governing Board expressed its gratitude for Georgia participation on
the Governing Board through the last year, and welcomed the Republic of
Belarus to participate through the coming year. Belarus nominated
Academician Piotr Vityaz, Vice President of the National Academy of
Sciences, to represent Belarus on the ISTC Governing Board.

The Governing Board extended the appointment of the Executive Director,
Michael Kroening, for a one year period through October 2003, and approved
the nomination of Lawrence Wright in the position of Deputy Executive
Director (USA). The Board expressed its gratitude to departing Deputy
Executive Director Randall Beatty, and to the Chief Contracting Officer
Francisco Farina.

The ISTC delegations reviewed ISTC activity at the Institute of Seismology
and the Kyrgyz-Russian Slavonic University, where the ISTC Branch Office is
located. Delegations also visited the Institute of Cardiology. The
Governing Board expressed its sincere gratitude for the welcome and
hospitality of the Kyrgyz government.

The Governing Board agreed to hold an Executive Session meeting on 08 July
2002 in Brussels, to evaluate the ISTC vision of the future in Partnership,
and agreed to convene its next Plenary Session meeting in Moscow on 23
October 2002.

Projects Approved at Governing Board 27:
http://www.istc.ru/istc/website.nsf/fm/z00GB27Proj
Search All ISTC Projects:
http://www.tech-db.ru/istc/db/projects.nsf/htm/inds.htm
ISTC Website: http://www.istc.ru

*The ISTC is an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the
nonproliferation of weapons technology of mass destruction. The Center
coordinates the efforts of numerous governments, international
organizations, and private sector industries to provide weapons scientists
from Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries with opportunities
to redirect their talents to peaceful science.

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