“Synergism between Academician, Business and Government in the Development of Medicinal Plant Products: Utilization of Evidence-Based Research”
The Third Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT was held from 10-12 May 2017 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting was organized by the National Agency of Drug and Food Control (BPOM) of the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT), supported by IORA Secretariat and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia.

The meeting was attended by resource persons and participants from Bangladesh (one participant), China (20), I. R. Iran (6), Kenya (1), Mauritius (1), Mozambique (1), Seychelles (1), South Africa (2), Sri Lanka (3), Tanzania (1), and Thailand (1). In response to IORA Council of Ministers endorsement for signing the MoU between the IORA Regional Centre for Science and Technology Transfer (IORA RCSTT) and the Institution of Seawater Desalination and Multipurpose Utilization, SOA (Tianjin) (ISDMU) to establish the “IORA RCSTT Coordination Center for Desalination Technologies” for IORA region, this programme was organized.

The First Meeting of Medicinal Plants Focal Points of IORA RCSTT Cum Exhibition was  held in Salalah – Sultanate of Oman during 23-25 June, 2014. This meeting was jointly organized by the IORA RCSTT and   the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center of the Sultanate of Oman and in cooperation with Dhofar University and the Oman Animal and Plant Genetic Resources Center (OAPGRC), The Research Council (TRC) of the Sultanate of Oman.The meeting was attended by the resource persons and private sector from Egypt, India, I. R. Iran, Malaysia, Seychelles, Sri Lanka, Thailand and the Sultanate of Oman.This programme covered different topics such as policy making, regulation, standardization, technology transfer and commercialization, import and export of medicinal plants and herbal medicine and networking in IORA region in the framework of IORA Medicinal Plants Network (IORAMPNet). Totally, 17 presentations (including country reports) which mainly focused on the above topics were presented during the two-day Meeting by the participating countries as mentioned above.