The 4th Regional Training Workshop on Project Assessment and Evaluation for the ECO Member States
The Regional Training Workshop on Project Assessment and Evaluation for the ECO Member States was held on 12-16 May 2014 in Ankara. It was the fourth in the series of the training programs on Project Management and Implementation, where through 18 training sessions, the representatives from ECO Member States were provided with in-depth and comprehensive knowledge on project assessment and evaluation, specifically on methodologies, techniques, norms, and standards, practiced in ECO, IRTI, IDB, SESRIC, and COMCEC. Likewise, the trainees were updated on project assessment and evaluation practices of World Bank, IMF and IDB as the policy relevant and applicable for ECO and IDB. The trainees also learnt the ways to conceptualize the system of integration of all project activities, as laid down in a given Project Plan, and how to execute project integration, in compliance with internationally standardized Project Assessment and Evaluation methodologies, techniques, norms, and standards, in their application by ECO and its main project partner, IDB, in conformity with provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding between ECO and IDB.
The workshop was hosted by the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for Islamic Countries (SESRIC). ECO Secretariat and the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI) of IDB were also involved in co-organization of the Workshop, in compliance with provisions of the Letter of Intent between ECO and IRTI.
The fourth Regional Training Workshop was the first step towards the setting up of a much needed link between the Project Implementation Units (PIUs) in the ECO Member States, and project coordination processes at the ECO Secretariat, as mandated by the 24th meeting of the ECO Regional Planning Council (RPC). Most importantly, the trainings seem to kick-started the process of creating the necessary grass-root level support for project management and implementation in the Member States for clear objectives of prospective automation of project operations in the ECO region.
Participants from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, and Republic of Uzbekistan actively participated in the training courses and were awarded the "Certificates of Completion for Administration of Project Assessment and Evaluation". The training materials are now available on ECO Website.
With this fourth regional workshop and in the period 2010-2014, the total of 76 training sessions have been conducted covering the details relating to integral components of the Project Management and Implementation within the entire "Project Cycle".