The first "ECO Regional Training Workshop on Practical Modeling with GAMS” was conducted on 21-25 April 2014 in Baku. The primary objective of the Workshop, co-organized by ECO, EcoMod, and ISRER (Institute for Scientific Research on Economic Reforms of Republic of Azerbaijan), was to provide hands-on training to expert economists from the ECO Member States on using modern economic modeling tools, most needed for economic systems analysis. Participants were also become acquainted with practical skills necessary for using EcoMod 1 to 7. Each training session was assisted by instructor-guided exercises in software modeling mode. The five days intensive training resulted in building individual economic models for the participating Member States. Apart from practical expertise, participants also received detailed briefing on theoretical aspects of updated economic modeling.
Participants from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, and Republic of Turkey actively participated in the training workshop and were granted "Certificate of Completion". The training materials are now available on the ECO Website.