The “2nd Meeting of the Programme Steering Committee of the ECO Regional Coordination Centre for Implementation of the ECO Regional Programme for Food Security” was held on 16 February 2017 in Ankara, Turkey. The delegations from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turkish Cypriot State (observer) and FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for Central Asia (FAO-SEC) attended the said meeting. The Meeting was officially opened and welcomed by Mr. Ali Recep Nazli, Regional Programme Coordinator, ECO-RCC. The ECO Deputy Secretary General, Mr. Kanan Nazarov and FAO-SEC and FAO Representative in Turkey, Ms. Yuriko Shoji also attended the Meeting.
During the Meeting, the ECO-RCC presented an update on the ECO Regional Programme for Food Security, status of implemented activities and work plan of ECO-RCC.
At the end of the discussions, the Meeting took the following decisions:
a. The Working Principles of the ECO-RCC was approved;
b. The necessary documents i.e. feasibility study for the establishing of the “Food Security Bank” should be formulated;
c. Member States were requested to send at least one concept project until 30 April 2017 with the budget not exceeding 200.000 $ for national projects and 1.000.000 $ for multi-country or regional projects, to be evaluated under FAO-Turkey Partnership Programme (FTPP).
The next Steering Committee Meeting will be held in Cappadocia- Turkey on the third week of February 2018.