OF HIS EXCELLENCY Mr. ELMAR MAMMADYAROV,
MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
at the 20th Meeting of the Council of Ministers of the
Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)
Distinguished Ministers and Heads of Delegations,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset, on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and my own behalf, I would like to express an appreciation to the outgoing chair of the Council, H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey for his leadership, and certainly for the hard work of his dedicated team over the last two years.
It is a great pleasure and honour to assume the Chairmanship of the Council and to host this Meeting that marks the 20th anniversary of the ECO enlargement.
As one of the time-honoured regional organizations, ECO has gone through a serious transformation primarily driven by the historic and political developments in the region featuring the past 20 years. The enlargement has enabled
ECO region has a rich economic and intellectual potential, which largely facilitates the task of the Organization to enhance economic cooperation, and ensure its effectiveness and sustainability through focusing on the needs of the
It is our conviction that the region has a huge untapped potential in trade and investments. Therefore, a greater focus on these areas can enable the Organization to fulfil its primary goals and objectives, and hence, deserves our special attention. With this in mind,
Speaking about other priorities, it is important to highlight the transport sector, as an essential prerequisite for the abovementioned regional trade development. In this context,
Elaborating on sectoral cooperation, I can not, but mention the synergies in the area of information-communications technologies (ICT), which can enable us to benefit from advanced regional connectivity solutions and telecommunications infrastructure. Bearing this in mind, in 2008 Azerbaijan initiated the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM) project, which was unanimously supported by the UN Member States in 2009 (UNGA Resolution A/Res/64/186). Pursuing to further support the project implementation the Government of Azerbaijan plans on tabling a new TASIM resolution during the current GA session and invites the ECO Member States to continue to provide their valuable support.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In the context of perspectives of future collaboration, it is important not underestimate the role and impact of ECO activities in consolidating peace and stability efforts in the region through socio-economic cooperation. Having said this we acknowledge the centrality of support for
Within ECO the
In our evaluation efforts, it is important to focus on increasing the efficiency of main bodies of the Organization and primarily the Secretariat. We should also refrain from a practice of proliferation of subsidiaries, which are expected to invent and cover new areas of economic cooperation, and instead to concentrate on expanding cooperative partnerships in the areas we have already pledged to work.
We hope that the recommendations produced by the Eminent Persons Group (EPG), created by the initiative of the
Using this opportunity, I would like to congratulate our new Secretary General Ambassador Shamil Aleskerov and wish him every success in his future work. We are confident that under his professional leadership our Organization will fully utilize its existing potential. We also wish to thank former Secretary General Mr. Yahya Maroofi for his contribution to the work of the Organization for the past years.
In conclusion, on behalf of my delegation let me also thank all our experts for their efforts to reach common position on the draft declaration. It would be my pleasure to recommend the agreed text of the draft declaration to the
Thank you for your attention.