According to the agreed minutes of the 1st and 2nd TMC alighning the mission of CWARice to achieve its main aims in the region, Coordinator / Head of CWARice visited Azerbijan.
Dr. Shahdi had a meeting with Dr. Asad Musayev, Director General of Azerbaijan Agrarian Science Center (AASC) in Baku and got acquainted with the latest rice production techniques and scientific achievements and needed technical assistance of this esteemed country. Dr. Musayev expressed AASC willingness for partnership with CWARice in future. CWARice Coordinator visited Lankaran Agricultural Research Center and its facilities on Tuesday 29th October.
A meeting with Deputy Minister of Azerbaijan, Dr. Saber Valyiev conducted on Tuesday, 31st October, which Dr. Shahdi presented a comprehensive overview of the regional center and its activities. After negotiations over rice critical issues in the Azerbaijan, they signed an initial Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among IRRI / CWARice & Ministry of Agriculture of Azerbaijan / Agrarian Science Center, on the Scientific and Technical Collaboration for the Development of the Rice Sector of Azerbaijan.