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Publish Date: 18 April 2018 - 14:56
The Council of Ministers (COM) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) held its 23rd meeting in Dushanbe on Tuesday 17 April 2018.
ECO-IEST: The 23rd Meeting of the ECO Council of Ministers (COM) has been convened on 16 April 2018 in Dushanbe. The delegates from all the Member States, observers (Turkish Cypriot State, Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States and Energy Charter) and the ECO Specialized Agencies/Regional Institutions/Affiliated Bodies, including among others ECO Cultural Institute (ECI), ECO Educational Institute (ECO-EI), ECO Science Foundation (ECOSF) and ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) attended the Meeting.
In the opening ceremony, Secretary General delivered a short welcoming statement. In his statement, Secretary General commended the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan for holding this important meeting. 

The ECO Secretary General briefly introduced the developments since the last COM Meeting held in Islamabad on 28 February 2017.

 The ECO Secretary General highlighted the significance of the "ECO Vision 2025” adopted in 13th ECO Summit, held on March 1st, 2017, in Islamabad. 

Secretary-General Akca briefed the Council on the recent activities of the Secretariat and progress made in various fields, inter alia, trade and investment; transport and communications; agriculture and food security; energy and environment; and international relations.

Secretary General also reminded that the 13th ECO Summit tasked the ECO to take necessary and effective measures to achieve the vision targets. He also emphasized that ECO reforms will facilitate the efficient functioning of the Secretariat. 

On the issue of the reconstruction of Afghanistan, The Secretary General expressed that it is a major concern for ECO that is reflected in the New ECO Advocacy Programme for Afghanistan, which is proposed in this meeting.

The meeting also discussed the developments of the ECO since its expansion and exchanged views on the possible reforms needed for keeping pace with the evolving requirements of regional cooperation, the statement said.

As per the ECO rules the head of the delegation of the Host Country, His Excellency Ismatullo Nasredin, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan was elected as the Chairman of the SOM, the senior officials’ meeting (SOM) held precedes the 23rd session of the ECO Council of Foreign Ministers. 

In his statement Chairman welcomed the delegates and underscored the need for regional cooperation among ECO member States for boosting regional trade activities, economic integration and energy security as well as synergic cooperation in cultural and tourism spheres in the context of ECO Vision 2025, which would lead to economic prosperity, social development and sustainable development in the region.

The meeting resulted in adoption of the Dushanbe communiqué, which reinforced the importance of regional connectivity for regional development in order to transform the ECO into a vibrant prosperous and progressive region. The meeting participants renewed their commitment to promoting regional economic integration among the ECO member states and resolved to play an active role in the realization of the organization’s aims and objectives.
At the first day of the ECO/SOM, Dr Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, President of the ECO-IEST presented a report on the legal, political and administrative process leading to the establishment of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology.

In addition in the following of his presentation, Dr Fazel briefed the meeting the background and current status,ongoing activities of the Institute.

The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) is an intergovernmental economic organization, created in 1985 by Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. Since 1992, the activity of the organization has intensified with joining of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The Council of Ministers (COM) is the highest policy and decision-making body of ECO. It comprises the ministers of foreign affairs of the member states who meet in regular, informal and extraordinary sessions.

The Council of Ministers may, if deemed necessary, propose the convening of meetings of other Ministers in the formulation of plans and projects in their respective fields through sectoral or joint ministerial meetings.

Source: ECO 
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