The Twenty-Seventh Meeting of the Regional Planning Council (RPC) of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) was held on 58 December 2016 at the ECO Secretariat in Tehran.
The Meeting was attended by the delegations from all Member States, namely, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan. Representatives of the Turkish Cypriot State and the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States in their capacities as observers, and officials and representatives of ECO specialized agencies, regional institutions and affiliated bodies also participated in the Meeting.
In the opening session, held in the Tehran Espinas Palace Hotel, the ECO Secretary General H.E. Ambassador Halil Ibrahim Akça welcomed the participating delegations and presented a comprehensive overview of the main activities of the Organization during 2016. He further inform the participants of the prospects for ECO in the future, including the emerging ECO Vision 2025. The Meeting was inaugurated by His Excellency Dr. Nasrollah Jahangard, Head of Information Technology Organization of Iran, who welcomed the distinguished delegates and shared his views on ECO performance in the last year and the projection for years to come. He further proposed ideas for specific regional cooperation in information and communication technology, particularly the application of the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in the ECO Region.
Ambassador Majid Bizmark from the Islamic Republic of Iran chaired the 27th RPC Meeting. Individual officials from interested Member States also chaired 8 RPC sectoral committees. In the first plenary session, the heads of delegation (Member States, observers and affiliated bodies) made statements on their relevant activities and policies.
In the sectoral committees, namely, Trade and Investment; Transport and Communications; Energy, Minerals and Environment; Agriculture, Industry and Tourism; Projects, Economic Research and Statistics; Human Resources and Sustainable Developments; Drugs and Organized Crime; and External Relations and Affiliated Bodies, Member States deliberated on the areas of activities in 2017 and developed sectoral work programmes/calendar of events for 2017.
On the sidelines of the RPC Meeting, the ECO Secretary General convened an special session on ECO Vision 2025 where RPC heads of delegation as well as resident ambassadors and representatives of the Member States reflected on the draft ECO Vision 2025. The final draft of the Vision will be submitted to the upcoming ECO COM/Summit meetings in Islamabad.
At the end of 4- day hard work, the participating delegations attended a cultural event, organized by the ECO Cultural Institute.