H.E. Mr. Mohammed Yahya P. Maroofi, Secretary General of the Economic Cooperation Organization Dilates on Sub-Regional Cooperation in Bangkok,
Upon the invitation of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), the ECO Secretary General participated in two important events, namely: High Level Panel on “Towards and Asia Pacific Energy Dialogue Forum” and “Informal Meeting on Enhancing Sub Regional Connectivity for Asia Pacific Inter-Regional” held on 24th May, 2011 in Bangkok.
At the High Level Panel, the Secretary General shed light on ECO’s perspective on addressing challenges associated with energy-security. He emphasized that success in achievement socio-economic development is linked with sustainable energy resources. In his statement he also emphasized the importance of enhancing meaningful cooperation among sub-regional organizations to address common challenges related to energy.
In his remarks made at the informal meeting on sub-regional interconnectivity, the Secretary General appreciated the efforts of UNESCAP in promoting interaction among various regional organizations in the Asia Pacific region. He mentioned that ECO attaches special importance to its contacts with the UN system, international organizations and regional peers. He welcomed opportunities to enhance linkages with the sub-regional organizations especially in fields of Trade & Investment, Transport and Energy, Environment and Human-Resources Development.
The Secretary General also suggested reviving annual Consultative Meetings among the sub- regional organizations and UNESCAP to identify areas of mutual interest, defining priorities and developing concrete projects to achieve sub regional connectivity. He also underscored the need to activate Working Group of sub-regional organizations on Energy trade. The Secretary General remarked that UNESCAP can play significant role in bringing regional organizations closer to each other.
25th May, 2011