Wednesday, June 29, 2011 -
Delegates at the 8th Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit hosted by Turkmenistan are focussing on interstate transport and communications, Iran’s Mehr News agency reported on Tuesday.
The event held this year in the capital Ashgabat has drawn senior officials from the region to exchange ideas on economic and political issues currently facing the group’s members.
The delegations will report on developments in transportation and communications within their countries and on interstate projects, mehrnews.com said.
At the sessions, delegates will also discuss their current national policies governing regional cooperation during the two-day meeting.
The organization, which is headquartered in Tehran, sees the serious lack of infrastructure and institutions among many of its members as the main challenge to their development.
Consequently the group aims to cooperate with resources in the region to support sustainable development among its members.
The summit ends on Thursday.
The ECO was established in 1985 to promote economic, technical and cultural cooperation among its 10 member states.
The intergovernmental regional organization groups Central Asian republics Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, with Iran Pakistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Azerbaijan.