The Third Astana Economic Forum
On the invitation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan H.E. Mr. M. Yahya Maroofi, the ECO Secretary General participated in the Third Astana Economic Forum. The event was supported by the UNECE, IDB, ADB and UNIDO.
During the Forum, the Secretary General was met by H.E. Karim Massimov, Prime Minister of Republic of Kazakhstan. Both sides discussed matters pertaining to regional cooperation and integration. The Secretary General apprised the Prime Minister on the progress made by ECO in trade and industry. The dynamics of the ECO Trade Development Bank and future opportunities for Kazakhstan to join it were also mentioned during the talk. The two sides exchanged views on cooperation within ECO and agreed to further promote the enhanced relations.
The Secretary General met with UNIDO Director General to discuss ongoing cooperation between ECO and UNIDO and the possibilities of future relations in areas of mutual interest. The Director General of UNIDO extended an invitation to the Secretary General to visit UNIDO HQ at convenient time.
The Secretary General also held discussions with world’s prominent politicians, representatives of international and regional trade and industrial organizations and investment banks. A host of issues regarding cooperation with ECO were discussed. To this end, the Forum of over 2000 participants from world’s 50 countries has formulated its Message to Member States of the G-20 titled: “The shape of the post-crisis world: Astana consensus”. The Message presented the Forum’s view in regard to world’s new financial architecture at post crises. The views of ECO on this matter were reflected in the speech of H.E. Secretary General delivered at the plenary session.
On the sidelines of the Forum, over 600 delegates from 95 industrial organizations representing world’s 34 countries took part in the Business Forum of Industrialists. It resulted in the establishment of the International Organization Committee of the Eurasian Business Congress. Similarly, the Conference on Public Private Partnerships, which was also held on the sidelines, adopted the Resolution on the Establishment of the Association of Eurasian Public Private Partnerships.
Investment banks participating in the Forum have succeeded in finalizing various investment arrangements. Thus, 1.5 billion Euro investments were signed during the Forum by the European Investment Bank for release to the host country.