Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Huseyin Avni Bicakli participated in the session’s meetings.of the 74th UN General Assembly on 27 September 2019 in New York and represented the ECO in the capacity of observer.
At the session, Heads of State/Government, foreign ministers and high level officials of the UN Member States and observers delivered formal statements addressing a wide array of international issues such as development, peace and security, international and humanitarian law, etc. They mostly focused on the importance of the security issues and the need for greater global cooperation and called for stronger and more flexible reformed UN to tackle global crises; more effective economic assistance and aides by developed to developing countries; need to enhance the role of multilateralism; etc.
An ECO delegation headed by Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Dr. Huseyin Avni Bicakli participated as well in the 26th Informal Meeting of ECO Council of Ministers. Technical and logistical arrangements and services of the meeting were provided by Assistant Director Mr. Salohoddin Kiromov. The Informal Meeting was held on 27 September 2019 on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan and co-chaired and hosted by H.E. Mr. Mevlut Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.
Deputy Secretary General Bicakli briefed the Council on the activities of the Organization since the last informal Council of Ministers Meeting held in September 2018 in New York. Deputy Secretary General also addressed the ongoing ECO projects and programmes and external relations, including relations with other regional and international organizations.
During the Meeting the Ministers/Heads of Delegation made statements/remarks elaborating their views on the regional cooperation in the framework of ECO. They also shared with the Council their views on relevant regional and global developments since last COM Meeting.
At the end of the Meeting, the Council expressed appreciation to the Republic of Tajikistan and Republic of Turkey, particularly their Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent Missions in New York for the excellent arrangements in organizing this Informal COM Meeting. Efforts of the ECO Secretariat and its team for preparation and coordination for the Meeting were also appreciated by the Council.
The Informal Meeting of ECO Council of Ministers was held on 27th September 2019 on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting was Co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan and H.E. Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.
The Meeting was attended by Foreign Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy of Turkmenistan, and Permanent Representatives of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Nations. Turkish Cypriot State attended the Meeting as an “Observer”.
The Ministers/Heads of Delegation exchanged views on issues related the regional and global developments, cooperation in the framework of ECO, as well as ongoing reform process in the Organization.
H.E. Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey announced that Turkey will assume ECO Chairmanship in 24th Meeting of ECO Council of Ministers, to be held on 8-9 November 2019 in Antalya.
On August 22, 2019, the ECO Secretary General, H.E. Dr. Hadi Soleimanpour held a meeting with the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E. Mr. Nematullo Hikmatullozoda and briefed him on the latest development on economic and trade cooperation in the ECO region as well as the achievements of the organization in those areas.
During the meeting, Mr. Hikmatullozoda underlined the great human and natural potential in the ECO region as well as the importance of its effecient utilization for the progress and prosperity of the ECO nations. He also underscored the continuity of Tajikistan’s relations with the ECO in various spheres, adding that the ECO’s chairmanship of Tajikistan coincided with an important span of time.
Considering the ECOTA Trade Agreement as one of the Tajik side’s first proposals during its chairmanship, Mr. Hikmatullozoda noted that despite the passage of 20 years since signing of the said agreement, its full implementation has yet to take place. Given the current realities, it is necessary to re-consider the ECOTA Trade Agreement, he opined.
The ECO Secretary General stated that economy and trade fall within the ECO’s priority areas having special place in its Vision-2025. He underlined the necessity for strengthening economic, trade, financial and investment ties amongst the Member States. He also informed the Minister on ECO-TDB, suggesting Tajikistan to consider its membership. In his view, the establishment of ECO Clearing Union would facilitate ensuring better conditions for payments in the region, promote financial and monetary cooperation and facilitate expanded trade and economic collaboration amongst the Member States.
The ECO Secretary General apprised the Minister of the results of 8th Meeting of the ECOTA Cooperation Council held on August 18-19 2019 at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran. Both sides made an exchange of views on holding a meeting of the Ministers of Economy agreed by the President of the Republic of Tajikistan.
Minister Hikmatullozoda, while making a deep analysis on the current global and regional economic situation, noted that for convening this meeting at a high-level, the ECO Secretary should ensure detailed analytical material on the ECO countries’ economic situation, economic and trade cooperation prospects, elimination of barriers in fostering these relations as well as a conceptual view of the agenda of meeting covering position of all Member States. In this context, establishing a Working Group comprising of relevant experts deems necessary to be properly prepared for the event, he said.
Both sides agreed that the Secretariat’s and the host country’s experts would collaboratively undertake the necessary measures for securing the desired outcomes.