Bishkek, Apr. 18, 2018. / Kabar /. The Kyrgyz delegation led by First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic Dinara Kemelova took part in a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Economic Cooperation Organization.
The press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic reported that the topic of discussion was the ECO activities and prospects for further interaction of the member countries of the Organization.
In her speech Kemelova emphasized the development of cooperation of the member countries in the field of transport, energy and project activities. Particular attention was paid to the implementation of railway construction projects that could connect all countries of the region and provide access to other markets, the implementation of the CASA-1000 energy project and the use of the ECO Trade and Development Bank's facilities for financing infrastructure projects. The role of the World Nomad Games as an instrument of intercultural dialogue and the promotion of peace was especially noted.
Among the main topics of the meeting were further strengthening of mutually beneficial regional cooperation, improvement of the Organization's activities. The Council adopted the report of the Secretariat of the Organization on the implementation of the ECO concept paper - "Prospects 2025" and approved the budget of the Organization for 2018.
The meeting participants approved Hadi Solemanpur, the representative of Iran as Secretary General of the ECO for a three-year period since August 2018.
Following the meeting, the Dushanbe communique was adopted.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 to promote economic, technical and cultural cooperation among the countries of the region. The main areas of cooperation are trade, transport and communications, energy, tourism, agriculture and industry. The member countries of the Organization are Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The Kyrgyz Republic has been a member of this Organization since 1992.