Bangladesh and Iran close ranks with India in boycotting Islamabad conference

"Just hours before the meeting was due to start, the Indian delegation cancelled their trip saying that their head delegate had contracted food poisoning," a Pak official was quoted as saying. All 14 members of the APCTT were reportedly invited, but India, Bangladesh and Iran decided to pull out of the conference that is held once a year.

Bangladesh and Iran close ranks with India in boycotting Islamabad conference

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Bangladesh and Iran joined hands with India on Monday in boycotting together a three-day Asian regional conference in Islamabad of the Governing Council of the Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT).
The conference began on Monday in Islamabad and is meant for the promotion of innovation for sustainable development in Asia.

APCTT is a specialised regional Institute of the United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), based in New Delhi. An ESCAP team from India was earlier sent to Islamabad to look after management-related issues for the three-day conference.


Pakistani officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology, which is hosting the 12th Governing Council of the APCTT, had initially confirmed that India would participate in the conference. However, they later announced that India had expressed its inability to attend, a Pakistani newspaper, Express Tribune, has reported.

"Just hours before the meeting was due to start, the Indian delegation cancelled their trip saying that their head delegate had contracted food poisoning," a Pak official was quoted as saying. All 14 members of the APCTT were reportedly invited, but India, Bangladesh and Iran decided to pull out of the conference that is held once a year.
The other 11 member countries attending the meeting are China, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Samoa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

According to media reports, the meeting will decide on projects to be worked on in 2017. Of the five projects, India has submitted one titled, 'Feed the Future India' – a project that aims to increase food security in the least-developed countries by establishing an agricultural innovation accelerator platform in India with USAID funding of $1.5 million.
Earlier India had boycotted in unison with Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that was to be held in Islamabad in November.