ECO Regional Planning Council meets in Pakistan with Iran’s presence

Islamabad, Dec 11, IRNA - The 28th meeting of Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Regional Planning Council (ECORPC) started in Pakistan’s Islamabad with the presence of Iran.

The four-day meeting will review progress on the implementation of the ECO-approved programs/projects and consider proposals for new programs and projects for 2018-2019.

Pakistan Federal Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal, addressing the meeting, urged for wide-range cooperation among the ECO member states for economic development and prosperity.

He said the world is facing challenges of terrorism and extremism and law and order is inevitable for development.

Ahsan Iqbal said we will have to ensure conservation of natural resources for our succeeding generations.

The meeting will discuss preparations for ECO’s Special Conference on Afghanistan and adopt the draft outcomes of the ministerial segment on Annual Work Program 2018, calendar of events 2018 and draft ECO Advocacy Policy for Afghanistan.

The 'ECO Day 2017' will also be celebrated on the sidelines of the meeting on Thursday.

The ECO was established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey which was later joined by seven new members; Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

The committees will also deliberate and develop the ECO Work Program for the year to come, as well as the ECO Calendar of Events for 2018.

The committees’ outcomes will be considered and adopted by the plenary session of the 28th RPC meeting. The meeting will endorse the ECO Calendar of Events for 2018, proposed by the committees and Work Program 2018.

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